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Educators Engaging in Online Educational Marketplaces: A Vision for Teacher Education to Prepare Critical Consumers, Careful Creators, and Discerning Professionals

, Northern Arizona University, United States ; , Arizona State University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 30, Number 2, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Online teacherpreneurship occurs via popular online educational marketplaces, such as Teacherspayteachers.com (TpT), whereby teachers purchase, sell, and exchange curricular materials created by fellow educators and designed for classroom use. Among the potential benefits of the practice is the ability to offer a teacher-centered and teacher-led approach to curriculum, facilitate collaboration, and provide an opportunity for teachers’ financial gain. However, several concerns exist, including resource quality, “power sellers” who may dominate the marketplace, and issues with platforms that extract teacher labor and funds as part of their for-profit model. Given these challenges and opportunities, we provide a vision for new approaches to teacher education that critically explore the growing practices around such platforms. Teacher education should address online teacherpreneurship and online educational marketplaces by preparing teacher candidates to be critical consumers, careful creators, and discerning professionals.

Citation

Shelton, C. & Archambault, L. (2022). Educators Engaging in Online Educational Marketplaces: A Vision for Teacher Education to Prepare Critical Consumers, Careful Creators, and Discerning Professionals. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 30(2), 155-166. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved February 1, 2023 from .