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Bret Staudt Willet

Michigan State University

United States of America - Elizabethtown

PhD candidate in Educational Psychology & Educational Technology at Michigan State University. I study how social media platforms support induction and ongoing professional learning for K-20 educators. #SocialMediaEd

Areas of interest

  • Networked learning
  • Information science
  • Teacher education
  • Social media
  • Educational technology

Biography

I am a PhD candidate in the Educational Psychology & Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. My research focuses on networked learning at the intersection of information science and teacher education. Specifically, I have been exploring how social media platforms support induction and ongoing professional learning for K-20 educators.

Through a mixed-methods dissertation (interviews first and then a survey), I am seeking to understand the challenges faced by early-career educators during their transition from educator preparation programs into professional employment contexts (i.e., their induction period). This study explores what supports for professional learning early-career educators seek during induction, if any; from whom; and how, if at all, they use social media with the intention of seeking supports and connections.

My research is interdisciplinary and utilizes a variety of methods — both qualitative and quantitative, human and computational — including qualitative content analysis, social network analysis, and machine learning.