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Social media, public pedagogy, and the end of private learning

I just found out that the Handbook of Public Pedagogy, in which I have a chapter titled "Social media, public pedagogy, and the end of private learning," is now available. I haven't received my copy yet, but there are a number of interesting contributors and chapter titles. I am a little curious to see how the argument I make there fits with others, particularly those who are discussing social media.

In the chapter, basically, I argue that the concept of "public pedagogy" relies upon an organization of public and private spaces. Public pedagogy typically refers to the instructional/ideological force of corporate media and discourses. It might also refer to any progressive, pedagogical activity outside of traditional schooling spaces. My point is that the extension of pedagogy into social media means that public pedagogy might transpire in traditional schooling spaces and vice versa. As such, if one wishes to investigate the public, pedagogical operation of any given space, one would necessarily have to account for the intersection of media networks with that space, the media devices available to people in those spaces, and the potential of social media interaction to shape pedagogical encounters with that space.

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