Blogging to build a community of practice (CoP): Malaysian Mathematic teachers' involvement and participation in online teacher professional development

Nambiar, Radha; Lee Kean Wah; Khalid, Fariza; Thang Siew Ming; Krish, Pramela
September 2011
Journal of Institutional Research South East Asia;Sep2011, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p6
Academic Journal
This paper investigates the blogging experiences of maths teachers from five Smart schools in the Klang Valley, Selangor State, Malaysia. Transcripts of the blogs which the teachers participated in for three months were analyzed together with focus group interviews that investigated the teachers' perceptions of their involvement in the blogs. These were analyzed using the reflections from the mentor of the blog. The analysis revealed that teachers were more inclined to post entries rather than comment on each others' entries and were basically performing what was required of them so the real discussion was at a basic level. They claimed that they did find the idea of using blogs enjoyable as they were able to pick up ideas that could help improve their classroom practices. However they maintained it was necessary to have very committed members so as to have active discussions and better participation in the blogs to encourage better interaction.


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