Students’ Social Movements: Expanding Communication Through Social Networking Sites
Advances in Sciences and Humanities
Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2016, Pages: 76-85
Received: Oct. 24, 2016;
Accepted: Dec. 8, 2016;
Published: Oct. 18, 2017
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Fernando Rezende da Cunha Junior, Department of Research and Theory in Education, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Monica Ferreira Lemos, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Centre for Research on Activity, Development and Learning, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
This article describes an exploratory study on how secondary education students, from nine different states in Brazil, used SNS as a form of communication, more specifically Facebook and Facebook fan pages, in order to organize and to publish news, videos and pictures about their Students’ Social Movements. This study is framed under Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, in order to understand how students achieve their objectives acting collaboratively. Data was obtained from 9 pages on Facebook, which coordinates more than 400 pages created by students all over the country. Our findings suggest that collaborative agency plays a central role for the development and expansion of the social movements. By using Facebook as a communicative mediational tool, students were able to report, plan and coordinate online and physical activities.
Fernando Rezende da Cunha Junior,
Monica Ferreira Lemos,
Students’ Social Movements: Expanding Communication Through Social Networking Sites, Advances in Sciences and Humanities.
Vol. 2, No. 6,
2016, pp. 76-85.
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