The Tip of the Iceberg: Immaterial Labor, Technoskepticism and the Teaching Profession
Erin Adams, Kennesaw State University, United States ; Elizabeth Wurzburg, University of Georgia, United States ; Stacey Kerr, St. Jude School, United States
CITE Journal Volume 21, Number 1, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
This paper reports an analysis of the work of teaching in the wake of the profound and swift transformation of the educational landscape due to the global crisis of Covid-19 as well as concrete suggestions for teachers and teacher educators related to the labor they are expected to perform. Ultimately, the aim of this article was to discuss how understanding the immaterial labor of teaching, the labor that creates value but is often intangible and unseen, can prepare teachers to recognize and possibly resist what might get counted as best practices in the new normal that is and is to come. The authors use the concept of immaterial labor to expand on and complement technoskepticism, a recognition that technology is not neutral and has exploitive and antidemocratic tendencies and, therefore, must be approached with appropriate caution.
Adams, E., Wurzburg, E. & Kerr, S. (2021). The Tip of the Iceberg: Immaterial Labor, Technoskepticism and the Teaching Profession. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 21(1), 126-154. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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