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Gierdien, M. Faaiz
On the use of spreadsheet algebra programs in the professional development of teachers from selected township high schools.
Afr. J. Res. Math. Sci. Technol. Educ. 18, No. 1, 8799 (2014).
2014
Taylor \& Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxfordshire
EN
U79
I29
H29
professional development
mathematics teacher education
spreadsheet algebra
function concept
linear inequalities
doi:10.1080/10288457.2014.884352
Summary: This paper reports on the initial stages of a smallscale 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 inservice workshop is conducted which takes into account the education context and two practices  the teachers' pencilpaper algebra and the mathematics teachereducator's spreadsheet algebra. Implications for professional development are considered, especially the teachers' strategies with respect to the `topdown' imposition of the curriculum in terms of patterns and functions.