Teachers of TikTok: Glimpses and gestures in the performance of professional identity
AuthorHartung, C; Hendry, NA; Albury, K; Johnston, S; Welch, R
Source TitleMedia International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources
PublisherSAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sHendry, Natalie
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHartung, C., Hendry, N. A., Albury, K., Johnston, S. & Welch, R. (2022). Teachers of TikTok: Glimpses and gestures in the performance of professional identity. MEDIA INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA, https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X211068836.
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During a tumultuous period marked by a global pandemic, forced lockdowns, and educational institutions going ‘digital by default’, TikTok has emerged as a key platform for teachers to connect and share their experiences. These digital practices have been widely celebrated for providing teachers with an outlet during a challenging time, though little is known about the particulars of TikTok's appeal among teachers and their followers. This article focuses on a teacher from South Australia, ‘Mr Luke’, whose upbeat TikTok videos capturing ‘#teacherlife’ have seen him grow a significant following. Drawing on interviews with Mr Luke and an Australian pre-service teacher who follows him, we consider their thoughts on TikTok and its relationship to professional practice. We identify key factors that have enabled TikTok's popularity among educators, with implications for both teacher education and social media scholarship.
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