Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
30 Grade-Eight Students: Discourse switch and bilingual students solving text problems in mathematics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. (matematikämnets didaktik)
2011 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ICMI STUDY 21 CONFERENCE: MATHEMATICS EDUCATION AND LANGUAGE DIVERSITY: 16 – 20 September 2011, SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL / [ed] Mamokgethi Setati, Thulisile Nkambule & Leila Goosen, Kape Town: University of South Africa , 2011, 292-300 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I investigate how discourse switch is influenced by agency as students orally solve a statistical problem. The linguistic and cultural backgrounds of bilingual students are often viewed as deficiencies that contribute to low performance in school. One example of a deficit explanation, in Sweden, is a student’s "lack of Swedishness". I use the notion of agency to avoid deficiency explanations of bilingual students’ performance in school mathematics. In this problem solving episode, Swedish serves as the main language of instruction. Discourse switches from a dominant discourse of "Swedish only" to a discourse of recognising bilingualism, as the teacher translates into Arabic and explains in Arabic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kape Town: University of South Africa , 2011. 292-300 p.
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
Mathematics Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43508ISBN: 978-1-86888-682-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-43508DiVA: diva2:357461
Conference
ICMI conference study - 21: mathematics education and language diversity
Available from: 2012-02-01 Created: 2010-10-18 Last updated: 2012-02-01Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Flerspråkiga matematikklassrum: Diskurser i grundskolans matematikundervisning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flerspråkiga matematikklassrum: Diskurser i grundskolans matematikundervisning
2010 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Multilingual Mathematics Classrooms : Discourses in Compulsory School in Sweden
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to investigate and analyze practices in multilingual mathematics classrooms in compulsory school in Sweden. By using ethnographic methods, mainly participant observation, data were collected in a number of multilingual mathematics classrooms in suburban areas of a major city. The data include field notes, interviews and informal conversations with students, teachers and school administrators. The analysis is based on a coordination of Foucault’s discourse theory and Skovsmose’s critical mathematics education. The socio-political viewpoint defines power as relational and as having an effect on school mathematics practices. Discourse, agency, foreground and identity are used as analytic tools. In five articles, the thesis investigates how the various discourses affect multilingual students’ agency, foreground and identity formation as engaged mathematics learners. The effects of students’ and teachers’ agency on discourse switching in multilingual mathematics classrooms are also investigated. The findings indicate that bilingual communication in the mathematics classroom enhances students’ identity formation as engaged mathematics learners. Language- and content-based instruction seems to do the same, though monolingual instruction may jeopardize students’ identities as bilinguals while the discourse may normalize Swedish and Swedishness exclusively. Focus on linguistic dimensions in mathematics build up a communicative reform-oriented school mathematics discourse. The competing and intersecting discourses available in the multilingual mathematics classroom affect students’ agency, foreground and identity formation as engaged mathematics learners. For example, a reform-oriented school mathematics discourse intersecting with a social-relational discourse affects students’ active agency allowing power relations to be negotiated. A principal conclusion is that the success or failure of multilingual students in multilingual mathematics classrooms cannot be explained in terms of language and cultural factors alone, but only in relation discourse, and to social and political conditions in society at large.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för matematikämnets och naturvetenskapsämnenas didaktik, Stockholms universitet, 2010. 133 p.
Keyword
multilingual mathematics classrooms, discourse, Swedishness, agency, identities, foreground, ethnography, socio-political
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
Mathematics Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43510 (URN)978-91-7447-149-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-12-03, sal G, Arrheniuslaboratorierna, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 C, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Accepted. Paper 4: Manuscript. Paper 5: Manuscript.Available from: 2010-11-11 Created: 2010-10-18 Last updated: 2010-11-11Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

30 Grade – eight students: Discourse switch and bilingual students solving text problems in mathematics(58 kB)312 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT02.pdfFile size 58 kBChecksum SHA-512
3b173b2b3b167e9d87908e5f390eac09681cc5b5b3eaa71a3a69f94ed50d4231442ae1ce94ea58efefdff8372e0a79aed04fd980d6dfebb20ed4dfee24c7481e
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Norén, Eva
By organisation
Department of Mathematics and Science Education
Didactics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 312 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 243 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf