Virtual School Meanderings

April 27, 2017

AERA 2017 – Conjuring Students: The Politics of Presence in Online K–12 Teaching

So I’m not actually arriving at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA) this year until Sunday (as I wanted to minimize my time away from the office). But since it does begin today, I wanted to start blogging the K-12 online learning sessions.  The first session I’m blogging is:

Conjuring Students: The Politics of Presence in Online K–12 Teaching

  • In Event: Roundtable Session 2
    In Roundtable Session: 14.045-14 – The Power in Their Actions: The Role of Teachers’ Theorizing and Action in Mediating Successful Practices

Thu, April 27, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Hemisfair Ballroom 3


The seemingly simple question of whether or not a child is present in a classroom has become a critical issue for schools and teachers. School funding calculations and definitions of teachers’ work have long been premised on the physical co-presence of teachers and students. But in online schools, students across a state attend the same “virtual” school, participate from their homes, and complete coursework at their own pace.
Drawing on interviews with 22 teachers from 10 online schools in Ohio, this article traces how the physical separation and technology-mediated interaction of teachers and students change the social and political contexts of teaching. How do online schools and teachers make students appear as subjects of instruction, and as legally accountable attendees?


  • Jan K. Nespor, The Ohio State University
  • Rick J. Voithofer, The Ohio State University

Now I have no notes on this session, as I am still in California.  However, if you are in this session, please post your notes in the comments below.

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