DOI: 10.5176/2251-1814_EeL15.7

Authors: Hazel Beadle

Abstract: It is in the context of the increasing use and popularity within the education sector of the social media platform Twitter, and acknowledgement that research into the use of social media is generally under developed [4], that a study was made of educational research participants' perspectives in relation to the experience of being engaged through Twitter to participate in research activity. Drawing on the data collected through 167 online survey responses completed by educational professionals, the participant experience is identified to relate to three inter-related themes - subject matter, curiosity and the influence which stems from the way the Twitter platform operates. Identified are a number of considerations for future education research practice which makes use of the Twitter platform.

Keywords: Education; Twitter, social media; research participants; research practice, online survey, research activity, experience

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