Jeffrey Carpenter co-authors journal article on educators' use of Twitter
The article, titled "How and Why Educators Use Twitter: A Survey of the Field," was published in the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.
Jeffrey Carpenter, assistant professor in the School of Education and Director of the Teaching Fellows Program, published the peer-reviewed article with co-author Daniel Krutka of Texas Woman's University.
The article abstracts reads:
While the microblogging service Twitter is increasingly popular among educators and offers numerous affordances for learning, its relationship with formal education systems remains complicated by generally ambivalent educator attitudes and institutional policies. To better understand the role Twitter plays in education, we conducted a survey of 755 K–16 educators that yielded quantitative and qualitative data concerning how and why the medium is used. Respondents reported intense and multifaceted utilization of the service, with professional development (PD) uses more common than interactions with students or families. Educators valued Twitter's personalized, immediate nature, and the positive and collaborative community it facilitated. Many cited Twitter's role in combating various types of isolation and described it as superior to traditional professional development. We finish by discussing implications for educators, researchers, and educational institutions.