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The researchers examined the online social networking attitudes of underperforming Latino high school students in an alternative education program that uses technology as the prime venue for learning. A sequential explanatory mixed methods study was used to cross-check multiple sources of data explaining students’ levels of comfort with utilizing a social networking site platform as a supplemental communication tool in connection with their schoolwork. Students were found to be significantly less comfortable using social networking sites than other online communication tools in connection with their schoolwork, and females were significantly more uncomfortable than males using such sites in school.


This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Urban Education in 2014 following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online DOI: 10.1177/0042085914537000.

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