Early career academic mentoring using Twitter: the case of #ECRchat

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Author: Ferguson, Hazel; Wheat, Katherine L.

Abstract:

Early career academics around the world frequently see themselves as being in need of targeted career support to navigate the years directly following [Doctorate of Philosophy] PhD graduation. The growth of discussion groups on Twitter that target these users raises questions about their potential usefulness to address career development support needs. This paper reflects on the authors' experiences of starting a career development discussion group via Twitter for early career academics. Drawing on the group's tweets during its first year, [the authors] explore its role as a peer...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Research; Providers of education and training; Employment; Technology; Workforce development

Keywords: Researchers; Academic staff; Mentoring; Professional development; Entry into working life; Online system; Case study; Social media

Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2015

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Journal volume: 37

Journal number: 1

Journal date: February 2015

Pages: pp. 1-13

ISSN: 1360-080X, 1469-9508 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 120.288

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