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Social Media, Education, and Digital Democratization

by Kaitlin T. Torphy, Diana L. Brandon, Alan J. Daly, Kenneth A. Frank, Christine Greenhow, Sihua Hu & Martin Rehm - 2020

This introduction includes an overview of social media research across fields and its role within education at present and for the future.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 122 Number 6, 2020, p. 1-7
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23299, Date Accessed: 2/26/2021 10:29:28 AM

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  • 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. She has expertise in teachers’ engagement across virtual platforms, teachers’ physical and virtual social networks, and education policy reform. She has published work on charter school impacts, curricular reform, and teachers’ social networks, and she has presented work regarding teachers’ engagement within social media at the national and international levels. Dr. Torphy earned a PhD in education policy and 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.
  • Diana Brandon
    Charleston Southern University
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    DIANA L. 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.”
  • Alan Daly
    University of California at San Diego
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    ALAN J. DALY, Ph.D., is a professor of education in the Department of Education Studies at the University of California at San Diego.
  • Kenneth Frank
    Michigan State University
    KENNETH A. FRANK, Ph.D., is currently a professor in counseling, educational psychology and special education as well as in fisheries and wildlife 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, causal inference, and multilevel models. Recent publications appear in the Sociology of Education (2011, “Focus, Fiddle and Friends: Sources of Knowledge to Perform the Complex Task of Teaching,” with Yong Zhao, William Penuel, Nicole Ellefson, and Susan Porter) and American Behavioral Scientist (2009, “Quasi-Ties: Directing Resources to Members of a Collective”).
  • Christine Greenhow
    Michigan State University
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    CHRISTINE GREENHOW, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Educational Psychology & Educational Technology program at 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. Recent publications and projects can be found at http://www.cgreenhow.org.
  • Sihua Hu
    Michigan State University
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    SIHUA HU is a postdoctoral fellow on the COHERE project at Northwestern University. Her research examines various dimensions of teaching quality and how teaching quality is related to mathematics teachers’ social networks within physical and virtual spaces. Dr. Hu earned a PhD in mathematics education from Michigan State University and was a co-PI for an American Education Research Association conference convened in October 2018 on social media and education.
  • Martin Rehm
    Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Germany
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    MARTIN REHM obtained his Ph.D. 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: Rehm, M., Cornelissen, F., Notten, A. Daly, A., & Supovitz, J. (2020). Power to the people?! Twitter discussions on (educational) policy processes. In Mixed methods approaches to social network analysis for learning and education. Routledge.
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