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Teachers’ personal web use at work

Teachers’ personal web use at work

Page, Damien (2015) Teachers’ personal web use at work. Behaviour & Information Technology, 34 (5). pp. 443-453. ISSN 0144-929X (Print), 1362-3001 (Online) (doi:

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This article presents findings from an online survey of teachers concerning personal web use (PWU) at work. Often considered as ‘cyberslacking’ or ‘Internet abuse’, PWU is a growing phenomenon within increasingly Internet-dependent workplaces. The findings of this study highlight a wide range of types of personal web usage amongst teachers ranging from sending personal emails to social networking and personal banking as well as a range of reasons for PWU from a means of addressing permeable work-life boundaries and coping with work intensification to providing a virtual space for routine resistance. The data also suggest that, rather than being detrimental to the organisation, PWU could potentially be a means of increasing worker productivity and developing the digital literacy of teachers. It concludes by considering the implications of the findings for senior managers within organisations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Attached is the Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Behaviour and Information Technology (2014), copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal web use at work, cyberslacking, cyberloafing, further education, coping, organisational resistance
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
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