Share Paper: #teacheridentity: Using Twitter to Capture Reflective Modes of Pre-Service Teachers

  1. Shannon Prince, Michigan State University, United States
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Abstract: Though studies using Twitter for various learning outcomes in higher education and, specifically, teacher education exist, there is a gap in research examining how Twitter specifically can be used as a tool to analyze the shaping of teacher identities. Twitter, the microblogging site used in this study, provides immediacy and authenticity through its structure and accessibility (Pieterse & Peled, 2014). Since teacher education programs “need to thoughtfully and consciously support developing teachers in this transformative work” (Luehmann, 2007, p. 828), this study considers teacher identity development through the communal use of Twitter using a common hashtag and examine how microblogging ...