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What Does It Mean to Be an Online Teacherpreneur?: A Qualitative Investigation of Highly Experienced and Successful Authors on Teacher Pay Teachers
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, , Arizona State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Washington, D.C., United States ISBN 978-1-939797-32-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Online teacherpreneurs are current and former PreK-12 teachers who post digital lesson plans, class activities, and student materials to websites such as TeachersPayTeachers.com, where teachers download them for a small fee. One of the first studies to explore this phenomenon, the current study drew on conceptual frameworks from entrepreneurship and teacher leadership that describe these practices in terms of the characteristics of those who participate in creating and posting materials, the environments in which they work, and the possible impacts of the practice. A maximum variation sample of Teachers Pay Teachers sellers ranking in the top 1% for total earnings on the site (n = 10) were interviewed, and their responses were analyzed based on both a priori as well as newly identified themes related to innovative teaching, teacher leadership, and entrepreneurship. Detailed findings, along with implications of teacherpreneurship for PreK-12 education and teacher education, are considered.

Citation

Shelton, C. & Archambault, L. (2018). What Does It Mean to Be an Online Teacherpreneur?: A Qualitative Investigation of Highly Experienced and Successful Authors on Teacher Pay Teachers. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1724-1728). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 15, 2019 from .

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