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En värld utan matematik - skulle det bli svårt?: En studie om elevers uppfattningar om matematik
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med föreliggande studie är att, genom intervjuer med tolv elever ur år fem, undersöka deras uppfattningar om matematik. För att studera detta har vi använt oss av en kvalitativ metod med inspiration av den fenomenografiska ansatsen. Utifrån studiens syfte och frågeställningar har tre temaområden framtagits inom vilka elevernas uppfattningar analyserats och därefter kategoriserats. Ur resultatet framkommer en relativt snäv syn på matematiken där läroboken är dominerande i elevernas uppfattningar. Boken fungerar som utgångspunkt både i definitionen av matematikämnet och vid beskrivningen av hur ämnet upplevs. Detta kan ha sin grund i, vilket framgår i elevernas beskrivning av matematiklektionerna, att undervisningen till stor del kännetecknas av räknande i läroboken. Ett stort antal av eleverna uppfattar undervisning i matematik som mer eller mindre lustfyllt beroende på hur långt de kommit i läroboken. Att ligga långt fram och att räkna fort framstår som betydande för hur duktiga eleverna upplever sig vara. Flertalet elever uttrycker dessutom en önskan om variation i undervisningen med förslag såsom miljöombyte, nyttjande av konkret material eller möjlighet till arbete närmare det egna intresseområdet. Samtliga elever beskriver dock matematikämnet som viktigt där de flesta argumenten är av funktionell karaktär. Den praktiska användbarheten av matematiken framkommer i liten utsträckning, då främst i anknytning till handel och pengahantering.

Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study is, through interviews with 12 students in year five, to investigate their views on mathematics. In order to study this, we have used a qualitative approach inspired by the phenomenographic methodology. Based on the study’s aims, three areas have been identified, in which the pupils’ views were analyzed and then categorized. The results showed a somewhat limited view of mathematics, where the course textbook heavily influenced pupils’ perceptions of the subject. The study shows that the textbook largely forms the basis both for how the subject is defined and perceived. This could be based on teaching being largely based on arithmetic exercises in the textbook itself, as is shown in students’ description of mathematics lessons. A large number of pupils correlate their enjoyment of mathematics with how far they have come in the courseware.  To be a long way into the book and to be able to calculate quickly are both key indicators of how mathematically able students consider themselves to be. In addition a majority of pupils express a desire for more variation in teaching methods, with proposals such as a change of scenery, the use of real world examples, or the possibility to concentrate on an area in which they were particularly interested. However, all pupils consider the subject of mathematics to be important, where the most common arguments are of a functional nature. The practical usefulness of mathematics was considered to be limited, mainly confined to shopping and managing money.

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2010. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Perceptions, pupils, mathematics, mathematics teaching
Keyword [sv]
Uppfattningar, elever, matematik, matematikundervisning
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Other Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-37343DiVA: diva2:303323
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-06-18 Created: 2010-02-23 Last updated: 2010-06-18Bibliographically approved

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