Didactics of mathematics

Didactics of mathematics

The research activities of the mathematics didactics group centre around the following areas:

Algebraic thinking

Algebraic thinking deals with research on teaching and learning of generalisation and reasoning with symbolic forms. The Theory of Didactical Situations in Mathematics (TDS) is used to study the relationship between, on the one hand, the conditions and constraints under which students solve algebra problems—with didactic contract and milieu as central concepts—and, on the other hand, the knowledge they use and produce when solving these problems.

Task design and Instructional design

Research on task design focuses on mathematical tasks as instruments in classroom instruction. Instructional design uses didactic engineering as research methodology, centering on design and implementation of epistemological models of mathematical knowledge in teacher education. Theoretical frameworks used are TDS and the Anthropological theory of the Didactic (ATD).

Teaching practices in the primary mathematics classroom

There are two strands in this research area: one involves study and development of mathematics teaching practices; the other involves investigation of students’ development and use of mathematical language and concepts in communicating ideas, argumentation and justification. Theoretical frameworks used include TDS, semiotic theory, theories of language and the theory of conceptual fields. This work is closely connected to the project LaUDiM, Language Use and Development in the Mathematics Classroom.

Mathematics and statistics in engineering education

This research area is based in developmental projects aiming at renewing the courses in mathematics and statistics provided by IMF. The research is based in the innovative education projects KTDiM, ACT! and Tett På. Theoretical and methodological frameworks include Activity Theory, ATD, and Interactive Action Research. There is close collaboration with MatRIC, Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching.

Contact

Contact

Frode Rønning. Photo.Professor Frode Rønning, head of the didactics group.

 

Projects

Projects

ACT! (2018–2021)

ACTive learning in core courses in mathematics and statistics for engineering education is funded by NTNU Toppundervisning and headed by professor Frode Rønning.

TettPÅ (2018–2021)

Innovative response technology for use in teaching and education. Digital learning areas is funded by NTNU Toppundervisning, with academic responsibility by assistant professor Gabrielle Hansen.

LaUDiM (2014–2020)

The main goal of the Language Use and Development in the Matematics Classroom project is to increase the knowledge about the impact of the learning environment on development of the youngest pupils' mathematical thinking and understanding, and their ability to present mathematics both orally and in writing.

Partners

Partners

MatRIC

The Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching (MatRIC) is working for excellence in teaching mathematics in Norwegian universities and university colleges. MatRIC focuses on mathematics teaching and learning within the study programmes of other subjects such as engineering, natural sciences, economics and teacher education.

Recent publications

Recent publications

Maria Chimoni, Dave Hewitt, Reinhard Oldenburg and Heidi Strømskag
Algebraic thinking
Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education

Cecilia Kilhamn, Heidi Strømskag, Peter Hästö, Yvonne Liljekvist and Johan Häggström
Editorial
Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk

Frode Rønning
Didactics of Mathematics as a Research Field in Scandinavia
European Traditions in Didactics of Mathematics

Frode Rønning and Heidi Strømskag
Sense and reference of signifiers for elements of polygons
Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education

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