Social Network Misuse in the Classroom and Its Impact on Male Student Motivation in UAE Tertiary Education

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Authors:
Sultan A. Alkaabi, National Defense College, United Arab Emirates
Peter Albion, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Petrea Redmond, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
E-mail: sultan.a.alkaabi@gmail.com
Published: August 16, 2017
https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.5.si.05

Citation: Alkaabi, S. A., Albion, P. & Redmond, P. (2017). Social Network Misuse in the Classroom and Its Impact on Male Student Motivation in UAE Tertiary Education. IAFOR Journal of Education, 5(SI). https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.5.si.05


Abstract

This paper presents data obtained from focus groups conducted to investigate male students’ experiences in higher education in the United Arab Emirates. Among the issues discussed by students was the impact of social networks addiction on student motivation and this paper focuses on that issue. Thirteen focus groups were conducted with 83 English as a Foreign Language male students at four government campuses including United Arab Emirates University at Al Ain Campus, Higher College of Technology at Ras Al-Khaima Campus, and two campuses (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) of Zayed University. Students access social network sites for both educational and non-educational aspects. Students spoke about their experiences and how social network addiction influenced their academic motivation to study. The resulting themes from the focus groups show that social network addiction has had an impact on student class performance and in some cases led to class failure. Recommendation for better class management and intervention programs are suggested to policy makers and instructors to foster a better student learning experience.

Keywords

Mobile Learning, social networks, focus groups, motivation, self-efficacy