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Uppfattningar om en gruppuppgift i matematik: En studie med tretton elever i år 6
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study is to partly describe pupils’ conceptions of a group task, and partly describe if these conceptions can be tied to the pupils’ way of solving the tasks. A mathematical task was used. Qualitative data are collected about pupils’ methods to solve the task. Ontologically and epistemologically, the investigation has its basis in Bhaskar’s critical realism. The methodological approach of the study is partly phenomenographical. The methods for collecting the data were open observations and recording of conversations, a group interview and field notes. The participants in the study were three groups of pupils in grade 6 in the public school. The results show that the discussions in the group, generally, went well. However, several pupils had difficulties understanding the content of the task. Both the ability to solve the task and how the task was solved differed among the pupils. Also the group process differed. The investigation shows that several pupils could not interpret and solve the task in a satisfying way. Everyone did not understand that the answer should be written in decimal fractions. Several pupils seemed to be missing the knowledge required to solve the task. Nevertheless, some pupils perceived the task correctly and solved it, even though the methods to solve it varied. Several pupils showed that they could listen to each other in their groups. In the discussion some consequences for practical teaching situations are ventilated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, kvalitativ ansats, observation, intervju, problemlösning, uppfattningar, vardagskunskaper, teori, kunskapsbildning, undervisning, lärarrollen
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-54247Local ID: b35b0811-02af-454d-b23c-479fe9b121eaOAI: diva2:1027627
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Education, master's level
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