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AERA 2023 Conference Presentation

Social Media’s Impact on Instruction: Beginning Teachers’ Self-Directed Professional Learning


beginning teachers, early-career teachers, self-directed learning, professional learning networks, pedagogical content knowledge, social media


Beginning teachers face numerous challenges as they start their careers. Although social media offer new opportunities for teachers’ ongoing professional learning through access to extra resources and broader expertise (Trust & Prestridge, 2021), these platforms also introduce new complications and challenges: beginning teachers must juggle more outlets for professional learning and potentially competing voices for what and how to teach. Through qualitative research, I explore social media’s impact on beginning teachers’ instructional practice.