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Teachers' digital work - (in)balance between demands and support?

Research project
Active research
Project size
4,8 MSEK
Project period
2019 - ongoing
Project owner
Department of education, communication and learning

Short description

School digitization changes teachers’ work. This project aims to identify possibilities and constraints of teachers’ digital work by focusing on instances where there are pronounced differences between demands and support. This project focuses on the Swedish context, but will be conducted in collaboration with an existing Australian study.

About the project

This project aims to identify possibilities and constraints of teachers’ digital work by focusing on instances where there are pronounced differences between demands and support. Concerns related to worsening working conditions and issues of workplace stress for teachers have been reported by trade unions and in organizational research. However, how school digitization affects teachers’ work has not been in focus and is particularly relevant in Sweden with the ongoing implementation of a new school digitization reform. Knowledge of how teachers’ work and conditions are changing in relation to digital platform technologies such as learning management systems and social media is relatively scarce.

This project focuses on the Swedish context, but will be conducted in collaboration with an existing Australian study, providing opportunities to foreground important aspects of the Swedish case through comparisons.

The key strengths of the project are its timeliness, international perspective on the Swedish context, and innovative methodology that takes an integrative approach to using both critical ethnographic and computational social science methods. This approach builds on an established collaboration between project team members and reflects their collective background within educational science and the area of educational technology, combined with expertise in critical data science and critical sociology.

Project members

Project leader

Annika Bergviken Rensfeldt, Associate Professor
Deptartment of Education, Communication and Learning

University of Gothenburg:

Mona Lundin, Associate Professor
Deptartment of Education, Communication and Learning

Catarina Player Koro, Associate Professor
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies

Thomas Hillman, Associate Professor
Department of Applied Information Technology, University of Gothenburg

Monash University:

Neil Selwyn, Professor
Department of Education