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Elevers inställning till matematik: - en jämförande studie av elevers uppfattning av matematikämnet och matematikundervisningen
Karlstad University, Division for Engineering Sciences, Physics and Mathematics.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Based on earlier experiences of mathematics and mathematical learning, both as a student and as a teacher, I became more and more interested in how well the publicly accepted opinions about mathematics as an uninteresting, difficult and “geeky” subject corresponded to reality. What do Swedish pupils really think about mathematics and is it possible to identify any differences in their attitudes based on the pupils’ age?

From this point of view the following questions were formulated:

·What are pupils’ attitudes towards mathematics in grades 3, 6 and 9 and how do they conceive their learning conditions?

·Is it possible to detect any differences in the attitudes and preferences depending on the pupils’ age?

The result of this study compares well with previous studies done in this and overlapping fields and indicates that:

·Younger pupils tend to have a better liking of mathematics but with increasing age that interest fades out.

·Most pupils, without regard to age, consider mathematics to be one of the most important subjects, despite the fact that many pupils also find mathematics difficult and boring.

·For pupils of all ages, the teacher is the most important factor in the learning process. Older students have more specific demands on the teacher for knowledge and pedagogical skills.

·A high noise level, talking and disturbances in the classroom are the most bothering elements when it comes to learning mathematics. Especially the younger pupils find it hard to concentrate during such conditions while older students are disturbed if they feel that the teacher is being insufficient in his or her professional behaviour.

Key words: Attitudes, pupils, mathematics, learning

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2007. , p. 50
Keywords [sv]
Inställning, elever, matematik, inlärning
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Mathematics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-1138DiVA, id: diva2:4925
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2007-06-04
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fysik/kemi/matematik
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Available from: 2007-09-06 Created: 2007-09-06

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