Mathematical literacy

Mathematical literacy

In this work package we research how contemporary mathematics education reflects and changes in society in the context of migration and globalization. In the research that we conduct in relation to Literacy and inclusive teaching (LIT) we consider mathematical literacy from a broad perspective. Mathematical literacy can be defined in several ways. Each definition tries to capture what it means to know mathematics. Mathematical literacy is not the same as mathematical knowledge. Mathematical literacy is about how individuals use, apply and acknowledge mathematical knowledge. By defining mathematical literacy in a particular way, certain practices become emphasised while others are downplayed or even excluded. This raises questions about how mathematical literacy connects to in- (ex)culsion. In this work package we particularly highlight critical perspectives in the context of migration, multilingualism and social justice.

Research Projects

Spaces for multilingualism? An interdisciplinary study of pedagogical potentials and limitations of multilingual approaches and activities in mathematics and science education

  • Pia Nygård Larsson , Annika Karlsson , Petra Svensson Källberg , Anders Jakobsson

Find out more about the project in sub study “Language, literacy and multilingualism”, or visit the project website.

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Multilingualism as resource in mathematics education – recognition and agency

This is a participatory study conducted together with teachers, teacher students, tutors of study guidance in mathematics in the mother tongue, students, and LIT researchers. The aim of the study is to generate knowledge about pedagogical possibilities to provide mathematics education that recognize and draw on multilingual language and cultural resources to enhance students’ experiences […]

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Promoting mathematical dialogue using digital tools

This is a research cooperation project within ULF (Utbildning-Lärande-Forskning) together with teachers from two lower secondary schools. Using educational design research methodology, we work in a cyclic process where teachers are active in all parts of the research process. The aim is to find out how researchers and teachers together can create sustainable mathematics teaching, […]

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Critical thinking Discourses in Mathematics Education on Big Data

The aim of the project is to investigate affordances and challenges when teaching critical thinking upper secondary school in relation to new digital technology and personal data. New digital technology is e.g. machine learning and artificial intelligence, and personal data is in this context understood as data portraying personal behavior, opinions, feelings, etc collected when […]

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Critical mathematics education in statistics courses in teacher education

The overall goal of the research project is to investigate and produce knowledge about how teacher educators and student teachers are influenced when critical mathematics education (CME) is introduced in a thematic context of climate change, in their teaching and learning situation. The aim of CME is to teach mathematics through issues of social justice, […]

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Theory development in mathematics education research on multilingualism – epistemological dimensions

The aim of this study is to peruse theoretical and philosophical investigations, and to develop thinking tools to provide new understandings of epistemological dimensions of mathematics education and multilingualism. Publications (available under the researchers´ profile): Ryan, U. (2021). The ethical significance of exemplifying: A response to Anthony Essien. In D. Kollosche (Ed.) Mathematics Education and Society, […]

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ULF-network Mathematics Education

This is a ULF-network (Utbildning-Lärande-Forskning) started in autumn 2023, in which teachers and researchers cooperate to explore questions within mathematics education. The research areas will be decided by teachers and researchers together, and several members of LIT might be involved in smaller research projects together with the fourteen teachers from different municipalities around Skåne that […]

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Investigating teachers’ talk in mathematics classrooms

The doctoral project revolves around teachers’ use of registers in the early school years mathematics classroom. Through the framework of Systematic-Functional Linguistics, I aim to study subject-specific registers based on language-related patterns during instructional situations. In addition, I am interested in how teachers scaffold development of disciplinary literacy through modelling and unpacking concepts and keywords.

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Making mathematics education available for multilingual students

Making mathematics education available for multilingual students – A study on how teacher education prepares teacher students for teaching in multilingual mathematics classrooms. The aim of this study is to explore different models that can help teachers to take multilingual perspectives into account in the mathematics classroom. The overall goal is to contribute knowledge about […]

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Child-Up, a Horizon 20

Child-Up, a Horizon 20 Is a research project that focuses on migrant children with the aim of fostering the understanding of their social integration within schools and their active participation for a successful inclusion.

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