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Social Media, Who Cares? A Dialogue Between a Millennial and a Curmudgeon


by Kenneth A. Frank & Kaitlin T. Torphy - 2019

This is a dialogue between a curmudgeon and a millennial regarding the import of social media for education and for educational research. The dialogue emerged out of conversations the authors have had with policy makers, researchers, and practitioners over the last three years regarding the impact of social media on education (see teachersinsocialmedia.org). It was presented in the context of Kenneth Frank’s research group meeting January 4, 2018. The topics covered include a broad understanding about what social media are and how they relate to teaching and curriculum; understanding about social media as a data artifact; a discussion about how social media platforms shape the interactions of participants; the quality of resources available on social media; why teachers engage in using social media; the lack of research on social media; and how social media may give teachers more power relative to the status quo. We invite you to follow along as these topics emerge in the authentic flow of a conversation. There are opportunities for reader participation on Twitter.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 14, 2019, p. -
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23064, Date Accessed: 12/8/2019 3:30:38 AM

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  • Kenneth Frank
    Michigan State University
    KENNETH FRANK received his PhD in measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis from the School of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993. He is MSU Foundation Professor of Sociometrics, professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education; and adjunct (by courtesy) in Fisheries and Wildlife and Sociology at Michigan State University. His substantive interests include the study of schools as organizations, social structures of students and teachers and school decision making, and social capital. His substantive areas are linked to several methodological interests: social network analysis, sensitivity analysis and causal inference (http://konfound-it.com),and multilevel models. His recent publications include agent-based models of the social dynamics of the implementation of innovations in organizations, and the implications of social networks for educational opportunity. Recent publications include: *Frank, K. A., & *Xu, R. (2018) Implementation of evidence based practice in human service organizations: Implications from agent-based models. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 37(4), 4867–4895. *Coequal first authors; and Frank K. A., Lo, Y., Torphy, K., & Kim, J. (2018). Social networks and educational opportunity. In B. Schneider (Ed.), Handbook of the sociology of education in the 21st century (pp. 297–316). Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Kaitlin Torphy
    Michigan State University
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    KAITLIN TORPHY is the lead researcher and founder of the Teachers in Social Media Project at Michigan State University. This project considers the intersection of cloud to class, the nature of resources within virtual resource pools, and implications for equity as educational spaces grow increasingly connected. Dr. Torphy conceptualizes the emergence of a teacherpreneurial guild in which teachers turn to one another for instructional content and resources. She has expertise in teachers’ engagement across virtual platforms, teachers’ physical and virtual social networks, and education policy reform. Dr. Torphy was a co-PI and presenter for an American Education Research Association conference convened in October 2018 at Michigan State University on social media and education. She has published work on charter school impacts, curricular reform, teachers’ social networks, and presented work regarding teachers’ engagement within social media at the national and international levels. Her other work examines diffusion of sustainable practices across social networks within The Nature Conservancy. Dr. Torphy earned a PhD in education policy, a specialization in the economics of education from Michigan State University in 2014, and is a Teach for America alumna and former Chicago Public Schools teacher.
 
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