SOCIAL NETWORKS USE AS AN ELEMENT OF SELF-DIRECTION IN LEARNING: THE LEARNING STRATEGIES AND BEHAVIOURS OF SPORTS SCIENCES UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
1 University of Rome "Foro Italico" (ITALY)
2 University Babes-Bolyai of Cluj (ROMANIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 11-13 November, 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:In recent years, self-direction in learning has gained attention as one of the most relevant learning attitudes and behaviors. Nowadays, the massive increase of Web 2.0 Communication and Learning tools has given people new opportunities to learn. Actually, learners can select a number of these and use them as learning tools according to their individual needs and interests. The use of social networks as learning environments and their impact on Self-Direction attitude and tendency of University students has been scarcely explored. By drawing on main scholarly literature on self-direction in learning, this article aims to identify the key features and functions of this learning within the context of sports sciences students’ continuous education by examining a case study from an Italian University. To understand the impact of social networks on the learning attitude of these students, a survey was carried out and used to investigate the relationship between self-direction in learning and the use of Facebook as an online learning environment. Students were administered two main questionnaires, mainly the Self-Directed Readiness Scale (SDLRS), and a questionnaire to detect the profile towards self-direction learning of individuals (CIPA). The results of the study have shown that the topics and issues researched represent a new field which deserves to be better explored in further research.
Keywords: Social Network, Self-Direction, Learning, Sport, Continuous Education.