Towards research-based teaching of algebra

Start date 01/01/2016
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2019

Diachronic and synchronic analyses of steering documents, curriculum materials and teachers' interactions with them

Profound knowledge in algebra is important for the understanding of several mathematical areas, for example functions and statistics. Hence, it is a critical gatekeeper for further studies in mathematics. Algebra is often described as a generalization of arithmetic and the dominating view among scholars has earlier been that the students must reach a certain cognitive level to understand algebra. This view has been challenged by for example cross-cultural studies and many countries including Sweden have revised their curriculum attempting to integrate algebra in school mathematics from the very beginning. However, international research shows that it is difficult to implement new ideas in mathematics teaching without consideration of the prevailing teaching tradition. Therefore, the overall purpose of this study is to add to the knowledge about implementation of algebra in school mathematics by investigating the Swedish case from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives.

​Swedish Research Council

Published: Thu 01 Dec 2016.