Social Media for Professional Practice: Integrating Twitter with Social Work Pedagogy.

Academic Article


  • As social media continue to influence information-seeking trends among digital-age learners, social work educators must develop their pedagogy apace and construct a curriculum that invites students to discover information on Twitter and related social networks. Organizing and sharing information via social media is rapidly becoming a fundamental literacy for professional practice, as government and nonprofit organizations use these platforms to circulate information about services. The authors suggest ways to integrate Twitter into classroom assignments across a social work program based in the liberal arts. They argue that Twitter is a professionally relevant tool that helps students develop knowledge and skills for social work as well as the digital literacies of metacognition, critical evaluation, and attention management demanded today. Furthermore, they assert that Twitter is particularly well-suited to cultivate the skills that align with the core values, competencies, and imperatives of the social work profession.
  • Author List

  • Hitchcock LI; Battista A
  • Start Page

  • 33
  • End Page

  • 45
  • Volume

  • 18
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  • Special Issue