How teachers interact and use teacher guides in mathematics – cases from Sweden and Iceland
Linda Ahl, Guðný Helga Gunnarsdóttir, Tuula Koljonen and Guðbjörg Pálsdóttir
Recent research findings show that curriculum resources have a potential to support teachers’ design of lessons. The aim of this study is to investigate how Icelandic and Swedish teachers interact with and use teacher guides while planning their teaching. Five teachers in each country teaching lower grade levels (1–6) were interviewed about their utilization of teacher guides. The analytical tool used to analyse the teacher guides and the interviews focused on the different features of the guides and shed light on what the teachers were looking for in the guides and for what purpose. Our findings showed that teachers using educative teacher guides were more likely to use a wider range of lesson design considerations in contrast to teachers using traditional teacher guides.
Linda Ahl holds a licentiate degree in didactics from the graduate school Developing mathematics education. She works as a lecturer in Kriminalvården, [The Swedish prison and probation service] Section for adult education. Her research interests are proportional reasoning, support for teaching and learning from curriculum resources and ways to put research findings back to teaching practice.
Guðný Helga Gunnarsdóttir
Guðný Helga Gunnarsdóttir is a senior lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Iceland, School of Education. Her research interests include mathematics teacher education, teachers’ professional development and teachers’ interactions with curriculum resources.
Tuula Koljonen is a lecturer in special needs education and PhD student in mathematics education at the University of Mälardalen in Sweden. Her research interests include mathematics teacher education, mathematics difficulties and support in and for teaching and learning from curriculum resources.
Guðbjörg Pálsdóttir is an associate professor in mathematics education at the University of Iceland, School of Education. Her research interests include mathematics teacher education, curriculum resources and the development of mathematical ideas in early childhood.