PEN Academic Publishing   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

International Journal of Progressive Education 2017, Vol. 13(2) 29-47

An Educational Technology Tool That Developed in The Natural Flow of Life Among Students: WhatsApp

Levent Cetinkaya

pp. 29 - 47   |  Manu. Number: ijpe.2017.011

Published online: June 01, 2017  |   Number of Views: 301  |  Number of Download: 284


Abstract

This study was carried out to identify the benefits and drawbacks of using mobile social network application WhatsApp in the education of Secondary Education students. In this research, survey model was used and open-ended question form to 145 students together with semi-structured interview technique to 6 students were employed and answer to the same research question was sought by using data of different nature.The data were analysed by content analysis and phenomenologic analysis methods and some of the screenshots of students’ posts are given as they are when necessary, which made possible the inspection, comparison and verification of each data one another. The benefits and drawbacks of using WhatsApp for educational purposes, which students normally use for communication purposes, are listed under the subheadings of technique, education and academic. Results indicate that WhatsApp has the potential to provide a natural and unstructured learning environment. Accordingly, by taking the benefits and drawbacks of WhatsApp and the like into account, it is advised to support their educational use.

Keywords: WhatsApp, Instant messaging, Mobile Communication Platforms, Social Networks, Technology Integration in Education


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Cetinkaya, L. (2017). An Educational Technology Tool That Developed in The Natural Flow of Life Among Students: WhatsApp. International Journal of Progressive Education, 13(2), 29-47.

Harvard
Cetinkaya, L. (2017). An Educational Technology Tool That Developed in The Natural Flow of Life Among Students: WhatsApp. International Journal of Progressive Education, 13(2), pp. 29-47.

Chicago 16th edition
Cetinkaya, Levent (2017). "An Educational Technology Tool That Developed in The Natural Flow of Life Among Students: WhatsApp". International Journal of Progressive Education 13 (2):29-47.