International Conference on Information and Communication Technology in Education (ICICTE 2011)

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Research Title: 
From Social Communication to Mathematical Discourse in Social Networking: The Case of the Facebook
Nimer Baya'a
Wajeeh Daher
Sat, 2011-07-09
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Research Abstract: 

Though some studies describe attempts to integrate Facebook in education, little is known about using it in mathematics education. This paper describes an attempt to populate Facebook with mathematicians from the past as well as strategies to involve friends with the mathematics of the mathematicians. The experiment shows that Facebook can attract friends to content knowledge, beginning with social talk, and transitioning gradually and smoothly to mathematics content knowledge through cultural discourse. The experiment implies that Facebook, representing social networks not intended from the beginning for education, can be adopted successfully for mathematics education.