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Carpenter, professor of education, and his co-authors published the article in the journal TechTrends.

Jeffrey Carpenter, Associate Professor of 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 TechTrends.

Carpenter worked with Catharyn Shelton (Northern Arizona University), Rachelle Curcio (University of North Florida) and Stephanie Schroeder (Pennsylvania State University) on the article, titled “Instagramming for Justice: The Potentials and Pitfalls of Culturally Relevant Professional Learning. on Instagram “

The summary of the article reads as follows:

“Social media offers potential for professional learning for educators, but the profitable nature of platforms complicates this practice, especially for professional learning around justice-oriented pedagogies. This exploratory study examined 551 publicly available Instagram posts shared by 11 purposefully stabbed, justice-oriented education advocates over an 8-week period as the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed racial justice activism unfolded in the United States. Qualitative analysis of placement content indicated that these influencers provide pandemic-related support, while also illustrating, implementing, and engaging culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies. However, promotional content was abundantly layered in posts and a coherent message of how to implement culturally supportive pedagogies was largely absent. Our findings reflect some of the paradoxes of learning via social media, and our findings suggest that there is some opportunity for justice-oriented professional learning from social media, but educators ‘content is limited by platforms’ opaque algorithms and profitable business models , which determines what influencers place and what followers see. ”

The article citation is: Shelton, C., Curcio, R., Carpenter, J., & Schroeder, S. (2022). Instagramming for justice: The potential and pitfalls of culturally relevant professional learning on Instagram. TechTrends. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-022-00758-1

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