Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Tweeting about the Common Core

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Tweeting about the Common Core

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Is social media making a difference in conversations about education policy? A team of researchers from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education may have answered that question.

Their study, #commoncore: How Social Media is Changing the Politics of Education, was published as an online project in February. The presentation of the information is as interesting as the findings themselves. Published in a lively, interactive web site at hashtagcommoncore.com, the presentation allows visitors to dive deep into learning who exactly is tweeting about the Common Core, what they're saying, and how they're linked to other tweeters.

"The #commoncore project represents a new genre of research," said Jonathan Supovitz, a professor of education policy at University of Pennsylvania and the project's lead researcher. "We tried to make our research more interactive and accessible to a wider audience in order to hopefully spark a meaningful conversation about the findings."

Researchers tracked and analyzed about 190,000 tweets containing #commoncore, authored by about 53,000 distinct actors between September 2013 and February 2014, a period in which public support for the Common Core began to decline. …

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