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Educational Leadership in the Twitterverse: Social Media, Social Networks, and the New Social Continuum


by Alan J. Daly, Yi-Hwa Liou, Miguel Del Fresno, Martin Rehm & Peter Bjorklund Jr. - 2019

Leadership is one of the most examined concepts in the literature, and while the study of social networks is also gaining interest, the intersection between leadership and online social networks has received limited attention. The key notion underlying most leadership research is that the behaviors or attributes of a leader matter for a variety of outcomes. While offering valuable insights, this dominant view of leadership behavior and attributes underestimates the impact of social networks. Scholars are increasingly recognizing the importance of social processes involved in leading. Leadership has often been conceptualized as a process of influence toward an outcome. Social relationships through networks may provide leaders with the necessary infrastructure to access resources in achieving outcomes. Leadership from a network perspective emphasizes the interdependence reflected by a network of ties, which may ultimately moderate, influence, or determine the activity and movement of practices and knowledge.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 14, 2019, p. -
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23044, Date Accessed: 10/19/2019 6:00:50 AM

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  • Alan Daly
    University of California San Diego
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    ALAN J. DALY is a professor in the Department of Education Studies at the University of California San Diego and specializes in social network analysis and educational change processes. He has several books on the topic, including one published by Harvard Press entitled Social Network Theory and Educational Change. Professor Daly is also a Fulbright Global Scholar, having spent time in New Zealand and South Africa.
  • Yi-Hwa Liou
    National Taipei University of Education
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    YI-HWA LIOU is an assistant professor of the Department of Educational Management at the National Taipei University of Education. Her research interests primarily focus on organizational dynamics and learning, leadership and development, professional and networked learning communities, and the use of social network analysis and mixed methodologies. Her work is widely published in many top-tier journals.
  • Miguel Del Fresno
    UNED Madrid, Spain
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    MIGUEL DEL FRESNO is an associate professor at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Spain) and teaches in the Master’s of Communication program at Universidad de Navarra (UN), UPV (Bilbao), UCM (Madrid), and University of Sevilla in Spain. He is also a visiting professor at the University of the Republic of Uruguay (Montevideo) and a visiting researcher at UC Berkley and UC San Diego. Miguel earned an MBA and an executive master’s in e-Business from IE Business School (Madrid).
  • Martin Rehm
    Institute for Educational Consulting, University of Education, Weingarten, Germany
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    MARTIN REHM earned his PhD at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is currently the transfer manager at the Institute for Educational Consulting at the University of Education in Weingarten, Germany. His research interests include informal learning in social media, social opportunity spaces, and applying mixed methods to assess the educational value of social media. His recent work includes a contribution to the American Journal of Education entitled, “Drinking From the Firehose—The Structural and Cognitive Dimensions of Sharing Information on Twitter?”
  • Peter Bjorklund Jr.
    University of California San Diego
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    PETER BJORKLUND JR. is a PhD student in the Department of Education Studies at the University of California San Diego. His research interests are centered on educational change, the analysis of trust, social networks, preservice teachers, teacher identity, teacher–student relationships, sense of belonging, and education in emergencies, specifically refugee education.
 
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