Using ICT to Support Interactive teaching and Learning on a Secondary Mathematics PGCE Course

Year: 2000


Type of paper: Abstract refereed

During the academic years 1998/1999 and 1999/2000 an Open and Distance Learning version of the full time Mathematics PGCE course was developed and trialled at the University of Wales Swansea. This was a part of a larger collaborative project (The HATT project) between the constituent colleges of the University of Wales which aimed to use the affordances of ICT to improve the teaching of Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, and Educational and Professional Studies within the PGCE programme and to widen access to teacher training in Wales.

The project made use of First class conferencing e-mail, web based bulletin boards and streaming video to provide an alternative to some elements of the usual college based section of the course. This paper focuses on the changes in the learning discourse within PGCE mathematics arising from the affordances of the technology.