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Att ge matematikläxor i årskurs 1-3: En kvalitativ studie av lärares syn på läxor i matematik
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Giving math homework in grades 1-3 : A qualitative study of teachers views on homework in mathematics (English)
Abstract [en]

Homework or no homework has been frequently occurring discussions in society over the years. Today, more teachers than ever have taken sides about homework. But which purpose do the teachers that provide homework have, and can they see the advantage with homework?

The purpose with this essay is to examine why teachers at younger ages provide homework in mathematics and what the benefits are?

To reach some answers in order to find out some answers to my questions I have made a qualitative study by interviewing six teachers, teaching classes from grades1-3. I have also been studying some other research and literature that are dealing with these questions.

The result shows that despite that the teachers have chosen to provide homework they cannot always see any effects. The most common type of homework has the purpose to repeat what has been taught at school. The pupils are supposed to manage to do their homework on their own without any help from their parents. Other purposes that are mentioned in the research are joy, motivation, responsibility and to create a link between school and the domestic environment. The follow-up of the homework consists of the teacher marks the homework and sometimes gives it back to the pupils with comments.

Abstract [sv]

Läxor eller inte läxor har varit vanligen förekommande diskussioner i samhället genom åren. Idag har fler lärare tagit ställning för eller emot läxor än tidigare. Hur tänker då de lärare som ger läxor och vilka vinster ser de med läxor?

Syftet med den här uppsatsen är att undersöka varför lärare som undervisar i de yngre åldrarna ger läxor i matematik och vilka vinster de ser med läxor?

För att söka svar har jag genomfört kvalitativa intervjuer med sex lärare som undervisar i matematik i årskurserna 1-3. Jag har även tagit del av forskning och litteratur som behandlar frågorna.

Resultatet visar att trots att lärarna valt att ge läxor så ser inte alla att den ger någon effekt. Den vanligaste läxan som ges handlar om färdighetsträning. Eleverna ska själva klara av de läxor som ges utan föräldrars inblandning. Andra syften som nämns handlar om glädje, motivation, ansvarstagande samt att skapa en länk mellan hem och skola. Den uppföljning som främst används är att läxan lämnas in för rättning och ibland lämnas tillbaka med kommentarer.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Homework, mathematics, purpose, effect, teacher, younger ages.
Keyword [sv]
Läxa, matematik, syfte, effekt, lärare, yngre åldrar.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-44519OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-44519DiVA: diva2:949589
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Teacher education
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Available from: 2016-09-27 Created: 2016-07-21 Last updated: 2016-09-27Bibliographically approved

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