Jeffrey Carpenter, associate professor of education and director of the Teaching Fellows program, and his co-author published the article in Teaching and Teacher Education.
Jeffrey Carpenter, associate professor of education and director of the Teaching Fellows program, and K. Bret Staudt Willet of Michigan State University co-authored an article in the peer-reviewed journal Teaching and Teacher Education.
The article, titled “The Teachers’ Lounge and the Debate Hall: Anonymous Self-directed Learning in Two Teaching-Related Subreddits” is available online here. The article abstract reads as follows:
Social media platforms host various self-directed educator professional activities. There are signs of substantial educator use of the discussion forum website Reddit, which offers affordances around anonymity. However, educators’ Reddit use has received limited attention from researchers. To address this literature gap, we collected 42 months of activity in two subreddits: r/education and r/Teachers. Qualitative analysis of 1600 purposefully sampled contributions suggested that the subreddits were distinct, with r/Teachers functioning as a virtual teachers’ lounge and r/education primarily hosting education policy discussion. Spaces that feature moderated anonymity may offer supportive opportunities for educators’ professional learning.
The article reference is:
Carpenter, J. P., & Staudt Willet, K. B. (2021). The Teachers’ Lounge and the Debate Hall: Anonymous Self-directed Learning in Two Teaching-Related Subreddits. Teaching and Teacher Education, 104, 103371.