Countributions of social networking sites to students'vitual arts education


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Gazi Üniversitesi, Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Student: HURİYE AYDIN

Consultant: ŞENİZ AKSOY

Abstract:

The use of the Internet, which is one of the most important tools of communication today, and the use of social media platforms and tools, which were introduced into our lives with the Web 2.0 technologies provided by the Internet, have been steadily increasing. One of the most important tools of social media is social networking sites. These sites, where vast amounts of visual contents such as images, videos, photographs, etc. are shared, have influenced many areas and they have started to affect the area of visual arts education, too. The approach of people dealing with the area of visual arts education towards these sites have gained importance and the use of social networking sites as educational tools has become a research subject. This study aimed to research the effect of the use of social networking sites on students' successin Visual Arts Education. For this purpose, 12-grade students from Ankara-Çankaya Fine Arts High School were provided education through social networking sites in 2014-2015 school year and the contribution of these sites to the students' visual arts education was explored. In the research,experimental design with a pretest-posttest control group was used. The group which received education through social networking sites was determined as experimental group while the control group was not engaged in any practice or activity. Within the framework of the program, the students in the experimental group were directed to social networking sites with information, images and videos, wherethey received instructions in an interactive environment, while there was no intervention in the control group. A posttest was applied to the experimental and control groups in the end of the experiment. Mann Whitney U Test and Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test, which are non-parametric tests, were used in the analyses of the data acquired from the tool of measurement. In consequence of the research, a significant difference was observed between the experimental group, which received education through social networking sites, and the control group, to which no practices were applied. In other words, it was concluded that the education provided through the social networking sites was effective for the students in the experimental group.