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ScienceDirect.com - Computers in Human Behavior - Perceived bridging and bonding social capital on Twitter: Differentiating between followers and followees

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•We model predictors of perceived bridging and bonding social capital on Twitter.

•Twitter use determines perceived online bridging social capital.

•The number of followers predicted perceived online bonding social capital.

•The number of followees perceived online bridging social capital.

•The study also revealed that one may have too many followers/followees.

 

Abstract

The present study investigates the influence of Twitter use and the number of followers and followees on perceived bridging and bonding online social capital. Data from a convenience sample of Twitter users (N = 264) indicate that bonding social capital is associated with the number of followers whereas bridging social capital is influenced by the number of followees. Thus, the directed friendship model on Twitter affects different forms of social capital differently. In addition, the study found a negative curvilinear effect of the number of followees on bridging and the number of followers on bonding online social capital. This indicates that the number of followees/followers has positive effects on online bridging/bonding social capital, but only to a certain point. The paper concludes with a discussion of the results in light of theoretical considerations and of implications for future research on the effects of Twitter on social capital.

 

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Kenya: New Fund to Boost Colleges

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PRESIDENT Uhuru yesterday said the government is setting up a Universities' Fund. Uhuru said the fund will channel money to public and private universities to make a difference in education.


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Idaho Colleges Back Common Core The Spokesman Review (blog) The presidents of Idaho's three public universities and Lewis Clark State College are backing Idaho's Core Standards, which demands a rigorous education rooted in problem solving and...


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Remediation If You Want It - Inside Higher Ed

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Community college students in Florida will soon be able to decide to skip remediation and enroll directly in credit-bearing courses, even if college advisers or placement tests say they have remedial needs.
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Ed school dean: Urban school reform is really about land development (not kids) | Wash Post

Ed school dean: Urban school reform is really about land development (not kids) | Wash Post | School | Scoop.it

 

The truth can be used to tell a lie. The truth is that black parents’ frustration with the quality of public schools is at an all time righteous high. Though black and white parents’ commitment to their child’s schooling is comparable, more black parents report dissatisfaction with the school their child attends. Approximately 90 percent of black and white parents report attending parent teacher association meetings and nearly 80 percent of black and white parents report attending teacher conferences. Despite these similarities, fewer black parents (47 percent) than white parents (64 percent) report being very satisfied with the school their child attends. This dissatisfaction among black parents is so whether these parents are college-educated, high income, or poor.

 

The lie is that schemes like Teach For America, charter schools backed by venture capitalists, education management organizations (EMOs), and Broad Foundation-prepared superintendents address black parents concerns about the quality of public schools for their children. These schemes are not designed to cure what ails under-performing schools. They are designed to shift tax dollars away from schools serving black and poor students; displace authentic black educational leadership; and erode national commitment to the ideal of public education.

 

Consider these facts: With a median household income of nearly $75,000, Prince George’s County is the wealthiest majority black county in the United States. Nearly 55 percent of the county’s businesses are black-owned and almost 70 percent of residents own homes, according to the U.S. Census.  One of Prince George’s County’s easternmost borders is a mere six minutes from Washington, D.C., which houses the largest population of college-educated blacks in the nation. In the United States, a general rule of thumb is that communities with higher family incomes and parental levels of education have better public schools. So, why is it that black parents living in the upscale Woodmore or Fairwood estates of Prince George’s County or the tony Garden District homes up 16th Street in Washington D.C. struggle to find quality public schools for their children just like black parents in Syphax Gardens, the southwest D.C. public housing community?

 

The answer is this: Whether they are solidly middle- or upper-income or poor, neither group of blacks controls the critical economic levers shaping school reform. And, this is because urban school reform is not about schools or reform. It is about land development.

 

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, February 2, 4:49 AM

Well the truth is out of the bag! Its dressed up to appear that it is for the betterment of the education of the students of colorbut is not and is really done because White parents are displeased about how the school their children attend looks. Often times wondered if certain things was for the betterment of the education process why was there no upgrade in learning material or in the manner the children, students are taught and or learn?  Check the fine print ok you got this but who else got that to the more. What is the real reason?

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Reinforcement learning is a technique, common in computer science, in which a computer system learns how best to solve some problem through trial-and-error.


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North Shore's first recovery high school to open in Lake Bluff - Lake Zurich Courier

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It is typical for teens needing recovery to go away from their community and attend a residential treatment facility.
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