Elon University / Today at Elon / Carpenter co-authors article on teacher collaboration via Instagram
Carpenter, an education professor, and his co-authors published the article in “Computers & Education.”
Jeffrey Carpenter, professor of education and director of the Teaching Fellows program at Elon University, co-authored an article in the peer-reviewed journal “Computers & Education.” He worked with Eric Richter, Andre Meyer and Dirk Richter (University of Potsdam) on the open access article titled “Instagram as a platform for teacher collaboration and digital social support”.
The abstract of the article reads: “Social media platforms can be sites for professional collaboration and the provision of digital social support between teachers. Instagram is one such platform that is widely used but has received limited attention from education researchers. To date, little is known about teachers who use Instagram for collaboration, how they collaborate, and how this collaboration contributes to their perception of digital social support. Using survey data from 249 teachers from Germany, we identified three teacher collaboration activities on Instagram: information seeking, information sharing, and co-creation. While teachers who are more enthusiastic about teaching in particular are more likely to use Instagram to search for information, teachers with higher levels of self-efficacy are more likely to share content. Additionally, seeking and sharing information as well as co-creation are each positively associated with various forms of perceived digital social support. These findings underscore the potential of using social media to contribute to teacher professional development and indicate that it deserves more attention both in teacher education and in research.
The quote from the article is:
Richter, E., Carpenter, JP, Meyer, A. and Richter, D. (2022). Instagram as a platform for teacher collaboration and digital social support. Computing and Education, 190, 104624.