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Exploring the Relationship between Teachers Prominence in Online Collaboration and the Development of Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching

, Drexel University, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 20, Number 1, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


We report on our efforts to support teachers’ development of mathematical knowledge for teaching through online professional development focusing on authentic engagement in collaborative mathematical problem solving. In particular, this paper seeks to explore and understand the relationship between teachers’ participation in professional development activities (analyzed using social network analysis methods to quantify individual’s prominence in the online interactions) and the development of mathematical knowledge for teaching. Results indicate that participation, broadly speaking, was not correlated with teachers’ knowledge development. However additional analysis revealed a relationship between individual’s prominence (how active an individual is as a contributor or the extent to which others seek out an individual) in collaborative sessions with a particular function or focus and the development of mathematical knowledge for teaching. The specifics of these results will be discussed and potential implications for online mathematics teacher professional development will be discussed.


Silverman, J. (2012). Exploring the Relationship between Teachers Prominence in Online Collaboration and the Development of Mathematical Content Knowledge for Teaching. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 20(1), 47-69. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved March 22, 2019 from .

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