The purpose of this study is to describe the development and validation of
a survey that examines science students
social media learning behaviours.
Inherent in critiques regarding
is a need to better
understand what the current generation of learners actually do in their
social media practices
. The survey can help us understand
how students actually use social media for learning science. Survey
development followed an inductive approach [Brinkman, 2013.
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grounded theory in LIS research.
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Strauss & Corbin, 1998.
Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory
procedures and technique
(2nd ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage], where
survey design was informed by results of focus groups with secondary
and post-secondary physics students and the survey was iteratively
revised after two cycles of administration and validation interviews. The
nal version of the
Social Media and Science Learning Survey
can be used
by educators and researchers to understand how social media tools can
be leveraged in order to allow learning to emerge and to use this
knowledge to frame recommendations and methods for integrating
these tools into classroom-based environments.