Using Bibliometric and Social Media Analyses to Explore the "Echo Chamber" Hypothesis

David Goldie, Matthew Linick, Huriya Jabbar, Christopher Lubienski

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-305
Number of pages25
JournalEducational Policy
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • bibliometrics
  • charter schools
  • intermediary organizations
  • research use
  • school vouchers
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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