International Journal of Education and Psychological Research
(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)
MEENAKSHI. G and Dr. VANISHREE KOPPAD
The aim of this study was to examine the level of Facebook usage among pre-service teachers. Participants of this study were 208 pre-service teachers of various government, private-aided and private-unaided B Ed colleges. For the purpose of this study, the tool used was questionnaire of 5-point scale from ‘Never’ to ‘Very frequently’, developed by Ilfa – Zaidi, which was useful to collect demographic information and about Facebook usage (general, educational and overall purposes) of pre-service teachers. This study is a quantitative research method which includes collection of data through Survey method. The collected data was then analyzed through Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and MS-Excel, descriptive statistics were used which include frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation and t-test. The results conclude that there was a significant difference between the government, private-aided and private-unaided B Ed colleges in the levels of Facebook usage for general and educational purposes and there was no significant difference in the levels of Facebook usage between pre-service teachers of Private-aided and private-unaided B Ed colleges. Facebook groups provide pre-service teachers with informational, social as well as intellectual support during their teaching practice, it also helps to incorporate the technology into their lives in a way that may differ from intentions of the course instructor.