PERCEPTIONS OF USING SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS AMONG SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

This study investigates the perceptions of using social media networks among special education teachers in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The sample population of this research consists of 160 special education teachers (100 males and 60 females) specialized and trained only for teaching students with intellectual disability and enrolled in the Education Department in Riyadh, kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The instrument used to gather data from the participants included a self-designed online questionnaire. Results showed that Saudi special education teachers always used social media network for personal purposes. Twitter was the highest application which used by those teachers. Generally, they revealed a positive perception towards the use of social media networks. The study recommends more studies in this area so as to closely understand how and why special education teachers utilize or not social media in their classes in order to develop best practices for implementing social media in teaching and learning special education classes in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Keywords: Saudi Arabia, Social Media Networks, Special Education Teachers.

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