In the News: Content Analysis of Reported Educator Sanctions Associated with Social Media Use
Marlynn Griffin, Cordelia Zinskie, Georgia Southern University, United States
SITE Interactive Conference, in Online ISBN 978-1-939797-51-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
The current study examines the news accounts of teachers sanctioned for their social media use. Online news sources presented 336 stories of unique incidents between 2015 and 2019. From each of these stories, we recorded a description of the problematic teacher post and the sanction levied in response to that behavior. Preliminary content analysis revealed 13 categories of problematic posts were noted, including inappropriate behavior with students, inappropriate comments, and racist language with the most commonly occurring post reflecting inappropriate comments (40.3%). Eight categories of sanctions were identified, such as administrative leave and firing, which reflected the most commonly levied sanction (22.2%). These findings suggest a need for teacher education on the impacts of social media use, more clearly defined district policies on social media use, and perhaps an examination of the nexus between private life and professionalism.
Griffin, M. & Zinskie, C. (2020). In the News: Content Analysis of Reported Educator Sanctions Associated with Social Media Use. In E. Langran (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE Interactive 2020 Online Conference (pp. 715-718). Online: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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