The Role of Twitter in Teacher Development

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Information Sheet

We would like to invite you to participate in this postgraduate research project. You should only participate if you want to; choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you in any way. Before you decide whether you want to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what your participation will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. This study seeks to explore the role Twitter plays in the formal and informal development of educators. ‘Communities of practice’ and ‘collaboration’ are terms frequently used when describing ways in which teachers can develop themselves and their practice, but the resources and programmes available within the workplace are often limited by the pool of knowledge and experience within the. As a result, many teachers are turning to social networking, allowing them to engage with educators from across the world and share ideas, resources and commentary. While previous forms of computer-mediated communication have been studied in great detail, the use of Twitter—a medium with significant differences—has so far been subject of very little empirical investigation. Upon completing the initial questionnaire and submitting a consent form agreeing to take part in the study, a copy of your recent public Twitter timeline will be downloaded for analysis. Note. Direct messages (DMs) or tweets made with an account set as ‘Private’ are not publically visible and hence will not be collected. Upon completion of the study, this data will be deleted. While collected information is already publically available, its use in this study will be anonymised in the written dissertation with names & usernames obscured. It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not in either stage of this study. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason. In addition to withdrawing yourself from the study, you may also withdraw any data/information you have already provided up until it is transcribed for use in the final report, but the 20th August 2012. Please note, that only information collected from the second stage of this research can be withdrawn given the anonymous nature of the questionnaire when submitted in isolation. If this study has harmed you in any way you can contact King's College London using the details below for further advice and information: Dr Ian Stevenson Tel: +44 (0) 207 848 3117 (Direct) Senior Lecturer in ICT in Education Fax: +44 (0) 207 848 3182 Department of Education and Professional Studies Mobile: +44 (0) 7779 657 094 King's College London e-mail: Room 1/11 Waterloo Bridge Wing Franklin-Wilkins Building Waterloo Road London SE1 9NH The researcher responsible for this study, David Major, can be contacted via email:


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Sampling of Twitter timeline

This questionnaire forms the first part of my study. The second is to capture a sample from the Twitter feeds of educators.