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Obstacles, Travails, and Barriers, Oh My! Educators’ Perspectives on Challenges in Professional Social Media Use
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, Elon University, United States ; , Ohio University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, NV, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-37-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Social media such as Twitter and Facebook have become venues for self-directed professional activity for some educators. Although these professional activities are generally voluntary in nature and thus must provide some benefits and/or gratification to participating educators, social media use for professional purposes is not without its drawbacks. In this paper, we present challenges described by a sample of educators who had actively used social media professionally for an extended period of time. We collected data from 48 educators via semi-structured individual and focus group interviews. We identified four general types of challenges experienced by the participants: intrapersonal, interpersonal, school community, and online educator community challenges. Finally, we discuss implications of these findings for educators, teacher educators, and education researchers.

Citation

Carpenter, J. & Harvey, S. (2019). Obstacles, Travails, and Barriers, Oh My! Educators’ Perspectives on Challenges in Professional Social Media Use. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2692-2701). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 11, 2019 from .

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