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Olteanu, Constanta – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This paper uses a post-qualitative philosophical perspective to find new ways of understanding teaching and learning. The paper presents a series of examples that were used in a longitudinal study, with the aim of creating variation patterns that would make it possible for students to discern the use of the four basic arithmetic operations in…

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Problem Solving

Norqvist, Mathias – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

Studies in mathematics education often point to the necessity for students to engage in more cognitively demanding activities than just solving tasks by applying given solution methods. Previous studies have shown that students that engage in creative mathematically founded reasoning to construct a solution method, perform significantly better in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics

Olteanu, Constanta – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This article focuses on presenting success factors for a group of teachers in carrying out a learning study in mathematics at their school. The research questions are: what are the actions of the school teaching community during development projects? What factors enable a group of teachers to carry out a learning study at their school? Activity…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Social Theories, Faculty Development

Teledahl, Anna – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

This study investigates young students' writing in connection to mathematical problem solving. Students' written communication has traditionally been used by mathematics teachers in the assessment of students' mathematical knowledge. This study rests on the notion that this writing represents a particular activity which requires a complex set of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Writing (Composition), Content Area Writing

Bengmark, S.; Thunberg, H.; Winberg, T. M. – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2017

This study examines different factors' relative importance for students' performance in the transition to university mathematics. Students' characteristics (motivation, actions and beliefs) were measured when entering the university and at the end of the first year. Principal component analysis revealed four important constructs:…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Study Habits, Factor Analysis

Attorps, Iiris; Björk, Kjell; Radic, Mirko – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2016

In this paper, we report a teaching experiment regarding the theory of polynomial approximations at the university mathematics teaching in Sweden. The experiment was designed by applying Variation theory and by using the free dynamic mathematics software GeoGebra. The aim of this study was to investigate if the technology-assisted teaching of…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Computer Software, Mathematics Instruction

Olteanu, Lucian – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

In this article, the focus is on task construction and the importance of this process to develop and promote classroom communication in mathematics. The students' tests, examination of students' mathematical work, the teachers' lesson plans, and reports of the lessons' instructions are the basic data for this article. The analysis indicated that…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Classroom Communication

Bergsten, Christer; Engelbrecht, Johann; Kågesten, Owe – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

This study forms part of a collaboration project between universities in South Africa and Sweden in which we investigate whether the emphasis in undergraduate mathematics courses for engineering students would benefit from being more conceptually oriented than a traditional more procedurally oriented way of teaching. In this paper, we report in…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Engineering, Engineering Education

Viirman, Olov – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

This paper investigates the teaching practices used by university mathematics teachers when lecturing, a topic within university mathematics education research which is gaining an increasing interest. In the study, a view of mathematics teaching as a discursive practice is taken, and Sfard's commognitive framework is used to investigate the…

Descriptors: College Faculty, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Foreign Countries

Sidenvall, Johan; Lithner, Johan; Jäder, Jonas – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2015

This study reports on an analysis of students' textbook task-solving in Swedish upper secondary school. The relation between types of mathematical reasoning required, used, and the rate of correct task solutions were studied. Rote learning and superficial reasoning were common, and 80% of all attempted tasks were correctly solved using such…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks, Problem Solving, Secondary School Students

Olteanu, Lucian – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

This paper contains a discussion of how the concept of critical aspects and the principle of compositionality can provide a powerful tool to analyse and understand the communications that occur in the classroom. It is grounded in data collected in a longitudinal study. The content chosen is algebra. It is argued that the critical aspects and the…

Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Longitudinal Studies

Viirman, Olov – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2014

This paper addresses a topic within university mathematics education which has been somewhat underexplored: the teaching practices actually used by university mathematics teachers when giving lectures. The study investigates the teaching practices of seven Swedish university teachers on the topic of functions using a discursive approach, the…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Faculty

Olteanu, Constanta; Olteanu, Lucian – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2013

This article deals with two prominent topics in the field of mathematics education: the communication in mathematics and its teaching and learning and the continuous professional development of mathematics teachers. In this article, a framework is proposed for analysing the effectiveness of communication in mathematics classrooms. The presentation…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Classroom Communication, Mathematics Teachers, Preschool Teachers

Olteanu, Constanta; Holmqvist, Mona – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

The point of departure in this study is that differences in solving second-degree equations result from differences in what is presented to the students in a learning situation. However, the specified aim is to describe what kind of differences seem to be crucial for learning, and what does seem fruitless. The study is carried out in an upper…

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Equations (Mathematics), Foreign Countries, Video Technology

Nordlander, Maria Cortas; Nordlander, Edvard – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2012

A study of how Swedish students understand the concept of complex numbers was performed. A questionnaire was issued reflecting the student view of own perception. Obtained answers show a variety of concept images describing how students adopt the concept of complex numbers. These concept images are classified into four categories in order to…

Descriptors: Numbers, Classification, Misconceptions, Mathematics Instruction

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