Share Paper: Examining Issues of Quality on Teachers Pay Teachers: An Exploration of Best-selling U.S. History Resources

  1. Lauren McAuthur Harris, Arizona State University, United States
  2. Catharyn Shelton, Northern Arizona University, United States
  3. Leanna Archambault, Arizona State University, United States
Wednesday, March 31 3:00-3:20 PM Room 3

Abstract: Online educational marketplaces, where teachers buy and sell lessons, have seen remarkable growth over the past decade, but have had little empirical investigation of the quality of materials. This study examined U.S. history resources on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT), a prominent and growing online educational marketplace. TpT’s 500 best-selling U.S. history resources were analyzed using directed content analysis to describe their characteristics. Then, a subset of resources—the top 100 best sellers labeled as “activities”—were analyzed with a rubric for quality. Findings show that resources were low cost (average price = $5.08) with high buyer ratings. Best-selling activities were aesthetically well-designed ...