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Moving Beyond the Social Media Scare Lecture
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As social media permeates our society, it is reconfiguring what it is to be ‘public’ (Baym and boyd, 2012). This in turn is adding complexities to what it means to work in public services like the NHS, schools and local councils. This paper will explore how universities prepare students for public service professions first by examining the literature from professions such as nursing, social work and medicine. Furthermore, the paper will report on a piece of research in progress that is seeking to understand how students understand the professional boundaries in social media with the aim of informing how university programmes prepare students for the transition into the networked workplace.
Sara MacLean, University of Stirling
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