
05704654
j
2010c.00084
Llinares, Salvador
Valls, Julia
Prospective primary mathematics teachers' learning from online discussions in a virtual videobased environment.
J. Math. Teach. Educ. 13, No. 2, 177196 (2010).
2010
Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
EN
B50
D49
learning to teach
mathematics teaching
online discussion
participation
reification
videocase
webbased learning
doi:10.1007/s1085700991330
Summary: The aim of this study was to investigate how participation and reification of ideas about mathematics teaching are constituted in online discussions when prospective primary mathematics teachers analysed videocases about mathematics teaching. Prospective teachers enrolled in a mathematics methodology course participated for 4 weeks in two virtual learning environments that integrated the analysis of videoclips, online discussions and writing essays about key aspects of mathematics teaching. Three aspects were considered relevant to explain the prospective teachers' learning: the way in which the theoretical information was used to frame and to interpret the events from mathematics teaching; the characteristics of engagement with others participating in the online discussions and the role played by prospective teachers' beliefs. Possible reasons for the importance of these features include the specific questions posed in online discussions and the use of videoclips of mathematics teaching. These findings are considered useful in designing virtual learning environments and the kinds of tasks through which the understanding of mathematics teaching and learningtonotice skills can be developed.