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Mixed mode approaches to sustainable mathematics teacher educator development in areas with limited access to digital technologies

Golding, J; Batiibwe, MSK; (2019) Mixed mode approaches to sustainable mathematics teacher educator development in areas with limited access to digital technologies. In: Proceedings of the 5th Strathmore International Mathematics Conference (Promoting Challenge-Driven Research in Mathematical Sciences and Building Collaborative Research Networks). Strathmore University Green open access

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Abstract

We analyse outcomes from a ‘Mathematical Thinking and IT’ course adapted for East African mathematics teacher educators. The model supplements a ten-day face to face course with three months’ distance learning as participants adapt and harness research-based materials and approaches. We asked, ‘What are the affordances and constraints of this model, and of the available technology, for mathematics teacher educator development in this context?’. Qualitative evidence of mathematics teacher educators’ longitudinal trajectories suggest that mathematics teacher educators with a threshold level of capacity for change, including critical levels of reflection, were able to make significant progress in their technological, mathematical and mathematics pedagogical expertise and to adapt, embed and further develop that in their practice, at least in the short- and medium-term; in contrast, those without such a threshold capacity appeared unable to re-envision practice. The initial course appeared sufficient to equip professionally confident mathematics teacher educators with technological capacity to access a range of materials for learning, and to support professional interchanges and development at a range of levels and granularities. However, subject-specific software and sources that support deeper mathematics learning, while appreciated by mathematics teacher educators, are not reliably and widely accessible in teacher or school student institutional contexts.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Mixed mode approaches to sustainable mathematics teacher educator development in areas with limited access to digital technologies
Event: The 5th Strathmore International Mathematics Conference
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Dates: 12th-16th August 2019
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: distance learning; East Africa; mathematics teacher educator; primary mathematics; technology; WhatsApp;
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082889
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