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The Social Side of Educational Policy: How Social Media Is Changing the Politics of Education

by Alan J. Daly, Jonathan Supovitz & Miguel Del Fresno - 2019

Social media are online technology platforms that focus on synchronous and asynchronous human interactions with a local and global reach unprecedented in human history. The Internet and its architecture have enabled the development and use of these platforms, which are designed to support social interactions and give rise to a complex interplay between communication, social practices, and technology infrastructure, challenging existing “traditional” media sources. Social media are adding a new ingredient to and level of impact on the educational political and policy-making process that is still in its infancy in terms of research and relevance. In this chapter, we examine the high-level social side of social media (Twitter) in an effort to analyze, visualize, and make sense of the often hidden world of online interactions around educational policy. In addition, we look deeply into the ways in which messages and meaning are crafted in social media space around the Common Core State Standards, with special attention to the role of bots and how influence is wielded. This work offers insights into the what, who, how, and impact of transactions among “socially influential” individuals over time in this new social media/educational policy space and potential impact on educational policy-making and practice.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 14, 2019, p. -
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23040, Date Accessed: 1/28/2020 11:25:59 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.
  • Jonathan Supovitz
    University of Pennsylvania
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    JONATHAN SUPOVITZ is a professor of education policy and leadership at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and the director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). He is also the executive director of the CPRE Knowledge Hub (cprehub.org), a virtual space that brings together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to learn about and collaborate on challenges in the education field.
  • Miguel Del Fresno
    Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
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    MIGUEL DEL FRESNO is an associate professor at the Universidad Nacional de Educacion 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).
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