Nordic school mathematics revisited – on the introduction and functionality of New Math
Johan Prytz and Martin Karlberg
We investigate the functionality of New Math in order to nuance and deepen our understanding of the process to introduce New Math in Sweden. Our main material is data and statistics from an intervention study conducted during the preparation of the New Math reform in Sweden. In particular we investigate the claim that New Math material had negative effects on students’ learning. Our conclusion is that the claim is, in most parts, incorrect.
Johan Prytz is senior lecturer at Uppsala University, Department of Education. He is mainly doing research on the history of mathematics education. Other fields of interest are textbook research and the role of language in school mathematics.
Martin Karlberg is senior lecturer at Uppsala University, Department of Education. His research is primarily focused on classroom management, behavior management and inclusive education. He specializes mainly in quantitative method.