Curating and Creating with Care: Research-based Practices for Navigating Online Educational Marketplaces
Abstract: In this best practice session tailored to teachers and teacher educators, we provide an overview of controversial online educational marketplaces: websites where preschool - 12th grade teachers buy, sell, and freely share curricular materials. To contextualize our discussion, we draw on research we have engaged in over the past three years assessing history instructional resources sold on TeachersPayTeachers.com. We share research findings from four of our recently published articles, extrapolating lessons learned from this work for educators’ careful and critical use of such sites. We conclude by presenting research-driven resources we have developed that aim to guide teachers in understanding and critiquing the online educational marketplace phenomenon and supporting critical use of curricular materials acquired on such sites if they chose to do so at all.