Advice Seeking and Giving in the Reddit r/Teachers Online Space

ID: 51959 Type: Full Paper
  1. Jeffrey Carpenter, Elon University, United States
  2. Connor McDade, Alamance Burlington School System, United States
  3. Samantha Childers, Elon University, United States

Thursday, March 29 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Location: Banneker View on map

Presider: Abdulsalami Ibrahim, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, United States

Abstract: Reddit is a social media platform that allows users to share, vote on, and discuss content In order to understand how educators have taken advantage of Reddit’s affordances, this paper explores the nature of posts to a subreddit focused on teachers, r/Teachers The top 25 posts and the associated responses in r/Teachers were scraped during a twenty day period Analysis of post content suggested that individuals who posted to r/Teachers most frequently engaged in seeking and giving advice related to both technical and emotional aspects of teaching Some posts addressed matters that may have been perceived as too sensitive to discuss with local colleagues Analysis of responses suggested that top-rated responses sometimes provided technical and/or emotion management advice in line with the nature of the original advice-seeking post, but at other times provided emotional support and/or advice that reframed the issue mentioned in the original post These findings have implications for teacher development and support in a digital age

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