Web-Based Educational Discussion Forums in a College Undergraduate Program Setting: the Case of Alfamat
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AbstractIn this paper we talk about a particular web-based learning environment, alfamat, which was used as a mediator in educational discussion forums that took place in college undergraduate program settings. We will focus on a group of Portuguese prospective mathematics teachers?perspectives about some of alfamat?s characteristics as well as on its usage and consequent implications for their learning. Some special features stand out: interaction as a mediator of students?reflection and sharing of ideas about subject matters; interaction as a catalyst of students?performance; interaction as a means for rethinking and reformulating individual ideas based upon others?ideas and experiences.