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ERIC Number: EJ1137915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-27
Abstractor: As Provided
The Discursive Construction of Superintendent Statesmanship on Twitter
Hurst, Todd M.
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v25 n29 Mar 2017
The modern school superintendent fulfills a unique role in the U.S. public education system. He or she is structurally empowered as the de facto head of the local educational system, thereby granted with a certain amount of trust and authority regarding educational issues. At the same time, the superintendent is, in most cases, an employee of a politically appointed school board. While norms have traditionally encouraged superintendents to use caution with respect to political discourse (Boyd, 1974), social media has created a new platform upon which they can reach a broad range of stakeholders regarding many issues, including politics. This study seeks to better understand the emerging practice of political discourse by superintendents on Twitter. Employing discursive psychology principles (Potter & Wetherell, 1992), I will analyze the political tweets of superintendents and position current practices in relation to established role conceptualizations of the position. Findings include that superintendents utilize Twitter as a tool to establish their positions as political insiders and as advocates for students.
Descriptors: Superintendents, Social Media, Discourse Analysis, Administrator Attitudes, Political Attitudes, Administrator Role, Trust (Psychology), Psychology, Professional Identity, Instructional Leadership, Elementary Secondary Education, Philosophy, Databases
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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