April 15 2016
Dr. Rebecca Page Johnson, Assistant Professor of Education at Elmira College, presented her paper, Parental Rhetoric and Response: Social Media and Movement Building in the New York Opt Out Movement at the 100th American Education Research Association (AERA) conference in Washington DC on Saturday, April 9th.
Dr. Johnson's paper explores how parents in New York have used social media to build a movement against corporate high-stakes testing in New York State schools. Employing a social capital framework, her study examines the positioning of parents inside and outside of the school system and argues that social media enabled the construction of unexpected social capital networks to interrupt institutional arrangements, thereby creating the necessary conditions for movement building.
The paper was part of a larger invited panel of scholars who are looking at the impacts of high-stakes testing on public education in the United States.