id: 06655649
dt: j
an:
au: Gierdien, M. Faaiz
ti: On the use of spreadsheet algebra programs in the professional development
of teachers from selected township high schools.
so: Afr. J. Res. Math. Sci. Technol. Educ. 18, No. 1, 87-99 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Taylor \& Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxfordshire
la: EN
cc: U79 I29 H29
ut: professional development; mathematics teacher education; spreadsheet
algebra; function concept; linear inequalities
ci:
li: doi:10.1080/10288457.2014.884352
ab: Summary: This paper reports on the initial stages of a small-scale project
involving the use of ‘spreadsheet algebra programs’ in the
professional development of eight teachers from three township high
schools. In terms of the education context, the paper draws on social
practice theory. It then details what is meant by spreadsheet algebra.
An analysis of teacher conversations and artefacts generated during an
in-service workshop is conducted which takes into account the education
context and two practices ‒ the teachers’ pencil-paper algebra and
the mathematics teacher-educator’s spreadsheet algebra. Implications
for professional development are considered, especially the teachers’
strategies with respect to the ‘top-down’ imposition of the
curriculum in terms of patterns and functions.
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