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Exploring Adolescent Social Media Use in a High School: Tweeting Teens in a Bell Schedule World


by Stacey A. Rutledge, Vanessa P. Dennen & Lauren M. Bagdy - 2019

This multilevel exploratory case study examined the intersection of adolescent social media use and administrators’ and teachers’ work in one Florida high school. Through a survey and activities with 48 high school students and interviews with 37 students and 18 administrators and teachers in a Florida high school, we explored the different ways that students and adults used social media both outside and in school. We found that students and adults engaged in active and intentional community building and informal learning across social media sites, however, these activities were largely separate from the formal activities in schools. We discuss the implications of this separation and its potential to energize high schools.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 14, 2019, p. -
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23038, Date Accessed: 10/20/2019 11:18:22 AM

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  • Stacey Rutledge
    Florida State University
    STACEY A. RUTLEDGE is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. Her research focuses on policy implementation, school reform, and school improvement in districts, schools, and classrooms. She is a recent author of “Understanding effective high schools: Evidence for personalization for academic and social emotional learning” in the American Journal of Educational Research, and “Scaling personalization: Exploring the implementation of an academic and social emotional innovation in high schools” in the Peabody Journal of Education.
  • Vanessa Dennen
    Florida State University
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    VANESSA P. DENNEN is a professor of Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies in the College of Education at Florida State University. Her research focuses on emerging technologies for formal and informal learning, and the development of identity and community in online environments. Recent publications include “Identity, context collapse, and Facebook use in higher education: Putting presence and privacy at odds” in Distance Education, and “The embedded lesson approach to social media research: Researching online phenomena in an authentic offline setting” in TechTrends.
  • Lauren Bagdy
    Florida State University
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    LAUREN M. BAGDY is a doctoral candidate in the Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies program at Florida State University. Her research interests include informal learning, social media platforms as learning tools, and identity/community development in online social networks. Before starting her doctoral studies at Florida State, she worked in K–12 for eight years in the Washington, DC area. She received a B.A. from Elon University in psychology and an M.A. in education and human development in educational technology leadership from The George Washington University. Her most recent publication is “Teens and social media: A case study of high school students’ informal learning practices and trajectories” in the Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Social Media and Society.
 
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