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Digital technology and mid-adopting teachers’ professional development : a case study

By Paul Drijvers, Sietske Tacoma, A. Besamusca, C. van den Heuvel, Michiel Doorman and Peter Boon


The integration of digital technology into secondary mathematics education is not yet a widespread success. As teachers are crucial players in this integration, an important challenge is not only to attract early adopters, but also to support mid-adopting teachers in their professional development on this point. The questions addressed in this Chapter are: which practices such mid-adopting teachers develop when starting to use technology in their mathematics classroom; and how these practices change over time while engaging in a project with colleagues and researchers. To answer these questions, theoretical notions of instrumental orchestration, TPACK and community of practice underpin the case study of two mathematics teachers from a group of twelve, who engaged in a project on technology-rich teaching. The data includes lesson observations, blogs and results from questionnaires. The results show the type of teaching practices the teachers develop and the changes in these practices. Even if these changes are modest and the impact of the community is limited, the teachers clearly became more confident in integrating technology in their teaching

Topics: Algebra, Community of practice, Digital resources, Geometry, Instrumental orchestration, Professional development, TPACK
Year: 2014
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