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The Impact of Social Media on Scholarly Practices in Higher Education: Online Engagement and ICTs Appropriation in Senior, Young, and Doctoral Researchers

The Impact of Social Media on Scholarly Practices in Higher Education: Online Engagement and ICTs Appropriation in Senior, Young, and Doctoral Researchers
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Author(s): Antonella Esposito (University of Milan, Italy)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 26
Source title: Social Media and the New Academic Environment: Pedagogical Challenges
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Bogdan Pătruţ (Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacău, Romania), Monica Pătruţ (Vasile Alecsandri University of Bacău, Romania) and Camelia Cmeciu (Danubius University of Galati, Romania)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2851-9.ch017

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Abstract

This chapter reports selected findings from a small-scale, exploratory study aiming to provide a snapshot of actual modes of uptaking new digital tools for research purposes. The study consists in an interview project, carried out in a large Italian university and constituted by semi-structured interviews to 14 senior, young, and doctoral researchers, working in humanities, social sciences, medicine, and physics subject areas. Whereas the most popular attitude is a pragmatic and efficiency-driven approach in selecting and using old and new tools, a few isolated profiles of digital scholars emerge, championing the construction of their digital identity along with networked modes of knowledge production and distribution, despite the lack of legitimation of their own research context.

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