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Ethical dilemmas on social media: Swedish secondary teachers’ boundary management on Facebook
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2017 (English)In: Teacher Development, ISSN 1366-4530, E-ISSN 1747-5120Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the aim of contributing to the research about the educationaluse of social media, the paper explores teachers’ experiences of ethicaldilemmas on Facebook. The paper draws upon focus group interviewswith Swedish secondary teachers. Two main categories of ethicaldilemmas, related to the border between private and professional, aredetected. The dilemmas concern (1) teachers’ moral responsibility forpupils’ actions and (2) how teachers appear on social media. Differentboundary work practices created and used by teachers are identified.The main conclusion is that, by having contact with pupils in a virtualsocial arena originally intended for private use, teachers’ use of socialmedia brings to fore and intensifies deep-rooted ethical questionsabout what the teacher role is and should be. Teachers’ participationon social media such as Facebook compels them to reflect upon andposition their preferred teacher role in these new social arenas.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Boundary theory; ethical dilemmas; Facebook; private; professional
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-329434DOI: 10.1080/13664530.2017.1371634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-329434DiVA: diva2:1141523
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Lärare utan gränser (FORTE)
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-0451
Available from: 2017-09-15 Created: 2017-09-15 Last updated: 2017-09-15

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