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Convergences and influences of discourses in an online professional development course for mathematics teachers
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Mathematics Education.
2017 (English)In: Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk, ISSN 1104-2176, Vol. 22, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite the ever-increasing number of online professional development (OPD) courses, few studies have examined online education for mathematics teachers. This article reports on a case study of discourses in an OPD course for mathematics teachers concerning the convergence and influence of discourses in course seminar discussions and in mathematics teaching in school when course participants are given the task of translating their insights into actual teaching, with a focus on the participants’ discussions of their own and one another’s video-recorded lessons. The analysis shows that there is a convergence of discourses in the seminars and in the school context related to a focus on concepts and everyday life connections. However, the study also suggests that there is a risk of students remaining outside in an ”everyday discourse”, in which knowledge of mathematics might be useful, but mathematics is discussed in imprecise and simplified terms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 22, no 1
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Education and Learning
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23547DiVA: diva2:1053122
Available from: 2016-12-08 Created: 2016-12-08 Last updated: 2017-06-16Bibliographically approved
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2. Matematiklärares kompetensutveckling online: policy, diskurs och meningsskapande
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2017 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Different forms of professional development online are becoming increasingly common for teachers and the aim of the thesis is to contribute knowledge about online professional development for mathematics teachers and the relationship between professional development, educational policy, and mathematics teaching practice. In the thesis, professional development refers to organized professional development in terms of university courses.

The thesis consists of four studies, each of which has been presented in the form of an article. The four studies together explore transnational and national policy discourses, meaning-making activities that can be distinguished in online professional development, discourses pertaining to mathematics teaching in the classroom and in the subsequent seminar discussions in the course, and teachers’ experience of professional development online. The different arenas have been explored using the concept of discourse with reference to Fairclough, Gee, and Sfard. The term ”discourse” refers primarily to communication and language in use.

The result of the studies indicates that the participants have not been offered enough opportunities to reflect on how or whether the use of several concepts and everyday life connections really deepened the students’ understanding of the mathematical content. Moreover, the analysis of the interviews with the participants shows that it was difficult for them to deepen their reflections in the synchronous communication online. There is a lack of reciprocal participation and reflection in the conversation and it is hard for the participants to get an idea of how the others respond to their messages. When a participant has completed his or her message the next speaker continues with a new message and as a result, the communication often takes a new direction instead of allowing in-depth reflection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2017. 121 p.
Keyword
mathematics teachers, mathematics education, professional development, communication online, education policy, discourse, meaningmaking
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Education and Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-25195 (URN)978-91-7529-182-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-31, Högskolan Dalarna, Fö6, Högskolegatan 2, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-06-16 Created: 2017-06-16 Last updated: 2017-06-16Bibliographically approved

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