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      An Empirical Study of the Relationship Between Social Networking Sites and Students’ Engagement in Higher Education

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      Journal of Educational Computing Research
      SAGE Publications

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          This article investigates how students’ online social networking relationships affect knowledge sharing and how the intensity of knowledge sharing enhances students’ engagement. It adopts the social capital theory as the basis for investigation, and the partial least square structural equation modeling was used to examine the hypothesized model. Responses from 586 students in higher education were analyzed. The findings provided empirical evidence which contradicts the argument that students perceive social networking sites as an effective tool for learning. Also, contrary to previous studies which posit that knowledge sharing impacts engagement, it was observed that there is no relationship between the two. However, as social networking sites differ in terms of member behavior norms, it is envisaged that if a similar study is conducted and limited to a specific academically inclined social networking site such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, Mendeley, and so on, different findings may be observed.

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                Journal
                Journal of Educational Computing Research
                Journal of Educational Computing Research
                SAGE Publications
                0735-6331
                1541-4140
                June 29 2018
                September 2019
                July 13 2018
                September 2019
                : 57
                : 5
                : 1131-1159
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Information Systems and Innovation, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana
                [2 ]Computer Science Department, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
                [3 ]Computer Science Department, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana
                Article
                10.1177/0735633118787528
                0ba66993-f1eb-45b4-b72d-1d7986483658
                © 2019

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