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Tweeting for Learning: A Critical Analysis of Research on Microblogging in Education Published in 2008-2011
British Journal of Educational Technology
  • Fei Gao, Bowling Green State University - Main Campus
  • Tian Luo, Ohio University - Main Campus
  • Ke Zhang, Wayne State University
Document Type
Article
Abstract

This study critically analyzed the current body of published research on microblogging in education (MIE) to build a deep and comprehensive understanding of this increasingly popular phenomenon. Twenty-one studies on MIE in 2008-2011 were selected based on the selection criteria and analyzed to answer the following questions: (a) What types of research have been published on MIE? (b) How was microblogging used for teaching and learning in these studies? (c) What educational benefits did microblogging have on teaching and learning? and (d) What suggestions and implications did the current research have for future MIE research and practices? The analysis suggested that microblogging has a potential to encourage participation, engagement, reflective thinking as well as collaborative learning under different learning settings. The quality of research, however, varies greatly, suggesting a need for rigorous research on MIE. The analysis has implications for MIE practices as well as research and development efforts.

Publisher's Statement
This is the accepted version of the following article: Gao, F. , Luo, T.* & Zhang, K. (2012). Tweeting for learning: A critical analysis of research on microblogging in education published in 2008-2011. British Journal of Educational Technology. 43(5), 783-801, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01357.x/abstract.
Publication Date
9-1-2012
Publisher
Wiley
ISSN
1467-8535
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8535.2012.01357.x
Citation Information
Fei Gao, Tian Luo and Ke Zhang. "Tweeting for Learning: A Critical Analysis of Research on Microblogging in Education Published in 2008-2011" British Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 43 Iss. 5 (2012) p. 783 - 801
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gaof/14/