Learning mediated by interaction tools: analyzing teachers' discourse in a distance learning course of continued formation

This text brings results of a research about the Internet as a virtual learning environment. The studied sample was a group of 80 students from a teacher extension course. We analyzed speeches from the forums, discussion lists and e-mails, in the light of categories from Jean Piaget's studies. Adapted information prevailed - showing interaction among speakers, informing and mutually influencing behavior, collaborating and discussing ideas. These are indispensable attributes for the constitution of "virtual learning communities", as well as the development of competences such as the capacity to think through categories, use new linguistic resources, regulate one's own behavior and learning, potentiate certain cognitive areas, and create new forms of social, emotional and cultural conviviality.

Interaction; technology and education; Information and communication technology; Learning in virtual environments; Teacher formation

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