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ERIC Number: EJ1122184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1449-5554
Discursive Constructions of "Teacher" in an Educational Technology Journal
McDonald, Jenny; Loke, Swee-Kin
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v32 n5 p77-93 2016
The integration of technology with teaching and learning is a significant area of research in the educational technology field. Teachers play an instrumental role in technology integration, and many teacher-related factors have been identified that predict technology use and integration in educational settings. How teachers are represented in the educational technology literature (e.g., as caring, didactic or lazy) can potentially impact on how technology integration takes place. However, there is little research that specifically explores teacher representations. This paper seeks to address this gap and examines the discursive constructions of "teacher" in 846 papers from the "Australasian Journal of Educational Technology" ("AJET"). Using a corpus-based analysis, the multiple representations of "teacher" in "AJET" were investigated. The analyses revealed two mainstream representations of "teacher": teachers are people on whom researchers impose obligations; and "teacherliness" is old and negative. This paper concludes with a discussion of the potential impact of such representations on technology integration and suggestions of more useful representations of teachers and their teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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