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Inte bara ord: Klassrumskommunikation om subtraktion i årskurs 2
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Title:              Not just words, classroom communication about subtraction in year 2

Language:      Swedish with summary in English.

Keywords:     Communication, mathematics, subtraction, teaching


The purpose of this study is to analyze the mathematical communication in a classroom during a lesson in the field subtraction, and to find out how students describe their perception of mathematics that is communicated in the classroom.

The study consists of the observations through the videotaping of two lessons in primary school grades 2 and student and teacher interviews related to these lecture occasions.

Research indicates that Swedish pupils' mathematical skill continuously deteriorates in a national and international perspective, and that student experiences of mathematics in general are negative. The literature emphasizes the importance of communicating mathematics in various forms to deepen and develop understanding of concepts and mathematical operations. Communication must be generated between teachers and students but also between student and student to have a beneficial impact for the student.

Our result demonstrate the different types of communication in the classroom but that communication does not always have a clear mathematical content in spite of teachers' mathematical intentions with teaching. The result also indicates that the mathematical communication that takes place, in essence, is a one-way communication where the teacher has a great opportunity to speak. The teachers perceived as oblivious to their own ways of communicating, but stressed in the interviews with an understanding of the importance of communication learning. The majority of the interviewed students expressed that teachers' briefings are easy but in the filmed sequence the students show with body language and facial expressions to the contrary.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 39 p.
Keyword [sv]
Kommunikation, matematik, subtraktion, undervisning
National Category
Pedagogy Didactics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-69598OAI: diva2:477981
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2012-04-16 Created: 2012-01-15 Last updated: 2012-04-16Bibliographically approved

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