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ERIC Number: EJ1020995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Using Bibliometric and Social Media Analyses to Explore the "Echo Chamber" Hypothesis
Goldie, David; Linick, Matthew; Jabbar, Huriya; Lubienski, Christopher
Educational Policy, v28 n2 p281-305 Mar 2014
Educational policy debates are no longer occurring exclusively in academic or governmental settings. Intermediary actors are promoting research using a variety of traditional and non-traditional media to advance and oppose policy agendas. Given the current policy arena, it is useful to re-examine the research underlying current reforms, and to determine whether there is an "echo-chamber" effect, where a small, or unrepresentative, sample of studies is repeatedly cited to create momentum around a policy proposal. In exploring the echo-chamber hypothesis, we focus on two distinct methodologies. Using bibliometric methods and examining social media activity by intermediary organizations, our preliminary evidence suggests the presence of an echo-chamber effect in policy debates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Race to the Top
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