Date of Award



© 2018 Garrett Fisher

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Bill Boozang

Second Advisor

Suzan Nelson

Third Advisor

Santiago García-Castañón


This dissertation uses a mixed-methods approach with both an analysis of Facebook group data from a 2016 faculty-led trip and a meta-analysis of Facebook group studies from the past five years to examine popular theoretical frameworks, publication bias, themes, and how a Facebook group can be used with Generation Z learners to facilitate engagement with language instruction. The research was supported by a literature review that includes second language acquisition theory, sociocultural theory, and generational theory. The study revealed that a Facebook group can facilitate engagement for Generation Z language learners at the university level by creating an environment that is personal, social, and engaging through four types of posts while providing analytical tools to help ensure that each student is viewing the material. The meta-analysis revealed that there is very little overlap in the theoretical framework of current studies on Facebook group utilization with university students, and the studies centered on three major themes: (1) Facebook groups are comfortable for Generation Z, (2) Facebook groups facilitate student engagement, and (3) Facebook groups can help improve student course performance. This research also gives examples of posts and suggestions for educators to consider before utilizing a Facebook group with students.


Ed.D. Dissertation