NOMAD 21(2), 2016

Skapad: 2016-06-09. Ändrad: 2016-06-09  

NOMAD 21(2), 2016

Learning linear relationships through independent use of the mathematics textbook

Florenda Gallos Cronberg

Abstract

This paper discusses the participation of one Grade 8 student in a typical Swedish mathematics class as she tried to learn independently about linear relationships, mainly through the mathematics textbook. Since this set-up has the possibility for every student to progress at different rates, only one student, through data from ten consecutive lessons, was considered. Results from an analysis of this student’s use of the textbook showed that the textbook is used independently more as an instrument for learning mathematics rather than an object of learning mathematics. However, further studies are required to determine the extent of learning and the development of mathematical skills.

Florenda Gallos Cronberg

Florenda Gallos Cronberg has a PhD in mathematics education and works as senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg. Her current research interest is on examining student participation in the learning process, particularly during student’s private work in mathematics classrooms.