Teachers’ professional identity construction on Facebook using the teacher-student interaction perspective

  • Nobertus Ribut Santoso University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • Marlon Nombrado University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Ma Theresa De Guzman University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • Shelly De Vera Yumul University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • Raymond M. Mariano University of the Philippines Diliman
Keywords: teachers’ professional identity, Facebook, online identity, role identity


Teachers’ professional identity is created in the dynamic process of interpersonal interaction. This research aims to investigate how teachers negotiate their interpersonal role identities across physical and digital student-teacher interactions. By employing a descriptive qualitative design, this research used the ethnographic method. An interview guide was designed to seek an in-depth understanding of this phenomenon by gaining insights from ten high school teachers from Metro Manila. After collecting the data, an inductive approach is used to analyse the data. The research reveals that the teachers’ interpersonal identity standards and their appraisal of their interaction with their students on Facebook and their network logic align and are congruent with one another. The teachers’ interaction with their students online and offline is always guided by their perceived roles and responsibilities and their limitations and boundaries as teachers.

Author Biographies

Nobertus Ribut Santoso, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Communication Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Marlon Nombrado, University of the Philippines Diliman
Communication Research
Ma Theresa De Guzman, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Communication Research
Shelly De Vera Yumul, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Communication Research
Raymond M. Mariano, University of the Philippines Diliman
Philippine Studies


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How to Cite
Santoso, N., Nombrado, M., De Guzman, M. T., Yumul, S., & Mariano, R. M. (2021). Teachers’ professional identity construction on Facebook using the teacher-student interaction perspective. Jurnal Studi Komunikasi, 5(1), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.25139/jsk.v5i1.2763