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Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries: Mapping Educational Science in the Discourse on Social Media

by Martin Rehm, Stefania Manca, Diana L. Brandon & Christine Greenhow - 2019

Social media has attracted considerable scholarly interest. Previous research has demonstrated the need for a more comprehensive overview of social media research across diverse disciplines. However, there is a lack of research that identifies the scope of social media integration across educational settings and how it relates to research in other academic disciplines. Harnessing the search terms of previous literature reviews, this study collected data on 80,267 articles from the Web of Science Core Collection database using search terms that were based on previous literature reviews. The data were analyzed using a combination of co-citation and bibliometric analyses via a mixed-methods approach. Our results show that there has been a constant increase in the number of publications concerned with social media, both as a transversal topic and within the educational sector. We are also able to show a range of topical domains in which the vast majority of research on social media is conducted. Our findings have practical implications for scholars and practitioners alike. Scholars can benefit from these types of analyses to identify authors and topic clusters that might otherwise have been unrecognized. Similarly, practitioners can benefit from this overview of the current “state-of-the-art” on social media.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 14, 2019, p. -
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23050, Date Accessed: 1/19/2020 3:01:29 AM

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  • Martin Rehm
    Institute for Educational Consulting, University of Education, Weingarten, Germany
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    MARTIN REHM attained 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?”
  • Stefania Manca
    Institute of Educational Technology, Italy
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    STEFANIA MANCA is a researcher at the Institute of Educational Technology of the National Research Council of Italy. Her research interests are social media and social network sites in formal and informal learning, teacher education, professional development and digital scholarship, and student-voice-supported participatory practices at school. Her recent work includes a contribution to the journal The Internet and Higher Education, “Snapping, Pinning, Liking or Texting: Investigating Social Media in Higher Education Beyond Facebook,” and a coauthored an article in Publications, “Is There a Social Life in Open Data? The Case of Open Data Practices in Educational Technology Research.”
  • Diana Brandon
    Charleston Southern University
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    DIANA BRANDON is an alumna of the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. She currently is the distance learning coordinator at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. Her research interests include technology integration in K–12 and higher education and professional development for teachers and higher education personnel. Her recent work includes a brief paper presented at SITE 2019, “Not Your Mother's Professional Development: A Flexible Approach to Faculty PD" and a coauthored article in Written Communication, “Multidimensional Levels of Language Writing Measures in Grades Four to Six.”
  • Christine Greenhow
    Michigan State University
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    CHRISTINE GREENHOW is an associate professor in educational psychology and educational technology, Michigan State University. She studies various forms of learning with social media, the design of social-mediated environments for learning, and changes in scholarship practices with new media. (More information at http://www.cgreenhow.org and @chrisgreenhow on Twitter.)
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