Teacher’s Twitter Levels of Participation and Depth of Reflection on Pedagogical Practices

Conference: The IAFOR Conference on Educational Research & Innovation (ERI2022)
Title: Teacher’s Twitter Levels of Participation and Depth of Reflection on Pedagogical Practices
Stream: Micro-learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Jeanette Delgado, Spring Lake Park Schools, United States


There is a need for connections, learning, and sharing through social media that can be seen through educational hashtags across Twitter. Teachers from different cultural experiences, states, and countries communicate and reflect on educational topics. The purpose of this study was to explore how 9 K-12 teachers’ levels of participation on Twitter influences teachers’ reflection about pedagogical practices. The conceptual framework was based on a depth of reflection model and Fischer’s richer ecologies of participation model. The research questions were RQ 1: In what professional activities do teachers participate on Twitter? RQ 2: How do teachers use Twitter to help them reflect on pedagogical practices? The data were collected from interviews, reflective journals, and teachers Tweets. Then, two levels of coding (priori coding and emerging codes) were applied to analyze the data collected. The results showed how teachers participated on Twitter and the different levels of participation. The levels of participation included the following teachers’ roles: lurkers, contributors, consumers, curators, meta-designers, or moderators. The teachers' tweets about building professional identity, exchanging ideas, learning new skills, and professional connectedness were also described and analyzed. Teachers’ connectedness on Twitter showed a depth of reflection among the following levels: critical reflection, reflection, understanding, non-reflective/ descriptive. The study can help districts and schools administrators to evaluate the power of teachers' tweets on social media as a tool for personal growth, professional engagement, and learning.

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