Personalization in Australian K-12 classrooms: how might digital teaching and learning tools produce intangible consequences for teachers’ workplace conditions?

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Arantes, Janine ORCID: 0000-0002-0301-5780 (2022) Personalization in Australian K-12 classrooms: how might digital teaching and learning tools produce intangible consequences for teachers’ workplace conditions? Australian Educational Researcher. ISSN 0311-6999 (print) 2210-5328 (online)

Abstract

Recent negotiations of ‘data’ in schools place focus on student assessment and NAPLAN. However, with the rise in artificial intelligence (AI) underpinning educational technology, there is a need to shift focus towards the value of teachers’ digital data. By doing so, the broader debate surrounding the implications of these technologies and rights within the classroom as a workplace becomes more apparent to practitioners and educational researchers. Drawing on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights and Technology final report, this conceptual paper focusses on teachers’ rights alongside emerging technologies that use or provide predictive analytics or artificial intelligence, also called ‘personalisation’. The lens of Postdigital positionality guides the discussion. Three potential consequences are presented as provocations: (1) What might happen if emerging technology uses teachers’ digital data that represent current societal inequality? (2) What might happen if insights provided by such technology are inaccurate, insufficient, or unrepresentative of our teachers? (3) What might happen if the design of the AI system itself is discriminatory? This conceptual paper argues for increased discourse about technologies that use or provide predictive analytics complemented by considering potential consequences associated with algorithmic bias.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/43662
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-022-00530-7
Official URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13384-0...
Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Current > Division/Research > College of Arts and Education
Keywords K-12, Australian education, teaching and learning, digital teaching and learning, artificial intelligence, student assessment
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