Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde , ISSN 2148-7278
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GIFTED MENTORS’ VIEWS ABOUT THE USE OF FACEBOOK IN E-MENTORING PRACTICE AT EPGBU: A Case Study
Young people’s most used online platforms related to a social networking site, such as Facebook, mobilize educators on the use of technology for educational purposes. In Turkey, Facebook was used in the implementation of e-mentoring at the first stage of the Education Program for the Gifted Students’ Bridge with University (EPGBU); which has prepared candidate science teachers as instructors in the academic year between 2013 and 2014. This study aims to investigate the opinion of candidate science teachers relating to the use of Facebook. In this qualitative study which is designed according to the pattern of the case study, many participants are determined to illustrate the method of samples. In the study, data was collected with an interview form between candidate science teachers (mentors at EPGBU).
The result of the study states that candidate science teachers agree that time spent on the Facebook group page is effective pertaining to the practice of e-mentoring, sharing experience, fast- communication/providing feedback, effective communication between mentors, ensuring EPGBU events and documents reach everyone simultaneously, providing more information about the progress of one’s program, guiding new mentors, and accessing many documents easily. It is indicated that the limitations of the mentoring process via Facebook are the long-term use of the Internet, the inability to maintain face to face communication, the inability to attend discussions within a group for each mentor, the difficulty of getting detailed information on complex matters, misunderstanding, and the lack of Internet connection. It can also be emphasized that information about how to use Facebook consciously should be gathered for e-mentoring practice.