Document Type : Original Article
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch
Ph.D in Educational Technology, Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Psychology, University of Birjand.
Ph.D in Curriculum Planning, Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Psychology, University of Birjand.
Ph.D Candidate in Curriculum Planning, University of Birjand.
Today, the use of social networks has grown dramatically among young people; meanwhile, the use of these networks has been neglected, to some extent, in education. The purpose of this study is to investigate and identify the key factors for the success of education through social networks.
The research approach is qualitative and its method is based on synthesis research. The study population consists of 723 articles on the use of social networks in education published in scientific journals or presented in credible conferences between 2007 and 2018. The research sample consists of 43 articles that have been purposefully collected and were selected based on thematic monitoring and theoretical geometric data. The research data were collected from the qualitative analysis of the documents studied.
Based on data analysis, the key factors of social networking success in education were classified in 4 dimensions, 9 factors and 40 categories. These dimensions include the structural dimension (including organizational factors and network quality); the dimension of management systems (including the factors of the system of learning management, content management and network management); behavioral dimension (including learner and educator factors) and background dimension (including technological and cultural factors). In the end, factors of educational success through social networks have been presented as a template.