n South African Computer Journal - Online Continuing Professional Development : tensions impacting on the reflective use of a mathematics-friendly forum environment




The Internet seems full of potential as a catalyst for the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of geographically dispersed teachers. Having developed a mathematics-friendly online discussion forum environment, we investigated the personal and situational tensions that impacted on the use of this forum environment as a reflective tool for the CPD of advantaged and disadvantaged mathematics teachers in the South Africa context of disparities. Using elements of Grounded Theory and Activity Theory in a Case study approach, the research identified various tensions that impacted on the use of the environment.


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