Improving experienced mathematics teachers’ classroom talk: A visual learning analytics approach to professional development

Chung Kwan LO, Gaowei CHEN

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Abstract

The professional development of experienced teachers has received considerably less attention than that of novice teachers. This study focuses on four experienced secondary mathematics teachers in Shanghai, China, with two participating in a year-long professional development program (treatment teachers) and the other two received conventional knowledge-based professional development (comparison teachers). The program introduced productive classroom talk skills which can facilitate teachers’ formative assessment of student learning during class. To encourage teachers to reflect on their classroom discourse when reviewing recordings of their teaching, we used visual learning analytics with the treatment teachers and theorized the use of this technology with activity theory. After completing the program, the treatment teachers were better able to use productive talk moves to elicit student responses and to provide timely formative feedback accordingly. Specifically, the percentage of word contributions in lessons from students and the length of their responses increased noticeably. Qualitative findings suggest that the use of visual learning analytics mediated the treatment teachers and improved classroom discourse. Based on these findings and activity theory, we provide recommendations for future use of visual learning analytics to improve teachers’ classroom talk and designing professional development activities for experienced teachers. Copyright © 2021 by the authors
Original languageEnglish
Article number8610
JournalSustainability
Volume13
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Citation

Lo, C. K., & Chen, G. (2021). Improving experienced mathematics teachers’ classroom talk: A visual learning analytics approach to professional development. Sustainability, 13(15). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158610

Keywords

  • Visual learning analytics
  • Productive classroom talk
  • Formative assessment
  • Professional development
  • Mathematics education

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