TEACHERS’ ENGAGEMENT IN SOCIAL SUPPORT PROCESS ON A NETWORKING SITE

  • Radzuwan Ab Rashid
  • Mohd Fazry A. Rahman
  • Shireena Basree Abdul Rahman

Abstract

This paper is part of a larger study investigating teachers’ engagement in social support process on a networking site. It concentrates on the social and discursive practices of 20 Malaysian English language teachers as they co-construct social support on Facebook Timelines. The main data generated from participant observations were analysed using discourse analysis approach. The findings revealed that the teachers mainly post about negative experiences at school, such as facing colleagues and students whom they perceived as problematic and time pressure. By posting their negative experiences, teachers can be seen to initiate the co-construction of both emotional and informational support with Friends they believe are like-minded and supportive. This paper thus argues that teachers' postings on social networking sites are more than just an account of mundane teaching-related experiences, but serve as a mechanism for them to obtain social support to help them reflect on their practice and cope with the emotional turmoil arising from day-to-day challenges at school.

 

Keywords: Social support, Malaysian English language teacher, Facebook Timeline, co-construction, discursive identity.

Cite as: Rashid, R.A., Rahman, M.F.A., & Rahman, S.B.A. (2016). Teachers’ engagement in social support process on a networking site. Journal of Nusantara Studies, 1(1), 34-45.  http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol1iss1pp34-45

Author Biographies

Radzuwan Ab Rashid
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Gong Badak Campus, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia
Mohd Fazry A. Rahman
Shah Alam Community College, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
Shireena Basree Abdul Rahman
Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam Campus, 42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Published
2016-06-26
How to Cite
Ab Rashid, R., A. Rahman, M. F., & Abdul Rahman, S. B. (2016). TEACHERS’ ENGAGEMENT IN SOCIAL SUPPORT PROCESS ON A NETWORKING SITE. Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS), 1(1), 34-45. https://doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol1iss1pp34-45