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Education focused pracademics on twitter: building democratic fora

Steven Kolber (Department of Education and Training, Brunswick Secondary College, Melbourne, Australia)
Keith Heggart (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, Australia)

Journal of Professional Capital and Community

ISSN: 2056-9548

Article publication date: 26 August 2021

Issue publication date: 19 January 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper explores the features of pracademic practice within online spaces where pracademics, academics and teachers interact.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses autoethnographic case studies to showcase the boundary-spanning thinking of two pracademics, one a practicing teacher, the other an early career researcher, to provide an overview of how pracademics are engaging with research and the profession online in Australia, in 2021.

Findings

The paper describes five key features that are central to the development of pracademic practice. They are rigour and depth, discussion beyond immediate cultural context, accessibility, knowledge creation and collaboration.

Research limitations/implications

This paper is focused on the teacher and early career researcher perspectives on pracademia, due to the extant literature focusing on the well-established academic perspective primarily. It focuses on fora within the Twitter social media platform and the #edureading group specifically. The authors propose that the use of Twitter fora, as those outlined, provides a legitimate form of professional development, and does contribute to the development of pracademics.

Originality/value

This piece itself is an output of pracademia; through the writing of this paper, the authors show that pracademia is possible through teacher and researcher collaboration. The focus on online spaces, pracademic teachers and a coverage of what's occurring provide a new agenda for further research and consideration.

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Citation

Kolber, S. and Heggart, K. (2022), "Education focused pracademics on twitter: building democratic fora", Journal of Professional Capital and Community, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 26-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-11-2020-0090

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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