social media

9 September 2019

In this article we reflect, from a theoretical and critical perspective, on how public opinion is currently shaped by social networks, focusing on the case of Twitter. Going beyond a purely sociological or factual concept of public opinion, we will offer arguments for expanding its meaning while proposing a model of deliberative democracy. In order to do so, we use some well-known constructs from the field of social communication, such as the spiral of silence or digital niches, which provide a referent for interpreting the phenomenon of social networks from a critical hermeneutics. The analysis of Twitter as a platform for public opinion also aims to provide the keys to building an educational outlook, understanding that one of the purposes of this area in a democracy is to educate citizens about digitally formed currents of opinion, especially those supporting populist political movements and aggravated by the spread of fake news. After delving into the socio-political dimension of social networks such as Twitter, we conclude by proposing a normative concept of interactive public opinion, a proposal that will be specified in a set of educational competences at the epistemological and civic ethical level relating to the democratic use of social media.

This is the English version of an article originally printed in Spanish in issue 274 of the revista española de pedagogía. For this reason, the abbreviation EV has been added to the page numbers. Please, cite this article as follows: Gozálvez, V., Romero-Rodríguez, L. M., & Larrea-Oña, C. (2019). Twitter y opinión pública. Una perspectiva crítica para un horizonte educativo | Twitter and public opinion. A critical view for an educational outlook. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 77 (274), 403-419. doi:

12 September 2018

The American Journal of Education (AJE) is one of 11 core journals identified in the field of education and publishes new research across abroad range of educational disciplines. Located at Penn State, the journal is supported by associate editors from around the nation as well as an advisory board of senior scholars. The journal also supports an online forum (AJE Forum) that is managed by the student editorial board. The major issue facing the journal is how to effectively disseminate peer-reviewed research to a broad audience that includes administrators, policy makers, reform advocates and educators. Given the limitations of university resources, the journal has experimented with new ways to disseminate information about its articles via social media and continues to assess how best to monitor the impact of journal articles in academic and policy contexts.


Cite this article as: LeTendre, G., McGinnis, E., Mitra, D., Montgomery, R. and Pendola, A. (2018). American Journal of Education: retos y oportunidades en las ciencias translacionales y la zona gris de la publicación académica | The American Journal of Education: challenges and opportunities in translational science and the grey area of academic. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 76 (271), 413-435. doi: