Computer-mediated cooperative development: non-judgemental discourse in online environments

Julian Edge

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Continuing professional development as it is pursued through the interacting paradigms of reflective practice and action research can be facilitated through the disciplined use of non-judgemental discourse. A framework for such purposeful interaction, cooperative development, has been established for face-to-face use among TESOL professionals for some time. It has now been extended into computer-mediated communication via the use of e-mails and instant-messenger. An example of each is analysed, highlighting the continuing importance of affective considerations in both the personal and pedagogic aspects of a teacher’s continuing development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-227
Number of pages23
JournalLanguage Teaching Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • professional development
  • TESOL teachers
  • computer-mediated communication


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