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Palm Kaplan, K. & Prytz, J. (2020). Conservative and transformative changes in algebra in Swedish lower secondary textbooks 1995–2015. Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk, NOMAD: [Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education], 25(2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conservative and transformative changes in algebra in Swedish lower secondary textbooks 1995–2015
2020 (English)In: Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk, NOMAD: [Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education], ISSN 1104-2176, Vol. 25, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

The present study examines textbook algebra tasks in an attempt to understand how textbooks change in a reform of lower secondary school algebra. Changes in 1557 textbook tasks for year 8 are described in terms of algebraic activities and school algebra discourses. The tasks were taken from textbooks published before and after a new syllabus was introduced in Sweden in 2011. The results show that the new syllabus’ focus on mathematical competences was not stressed in the textbooks and that the greatest change was an increase in word problems connected to everyday situations. It is suggested that, in this reform, textbooks have been conservative and transformative in relation to the syllabus.

Keywords
textbooks, curriculum reform, algebra, algebraic activity, secondary school, Sweden
National Category
Educational Sciences Didactics
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395254 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-16 Created: 2019-10-16 Last updated: 2019-10-16
Bjarnadóttir, K., Furinghetti, F., Krüger, J., Prytz, J., Schubring, G. & Smid, H. J. (Eds.). (2019). "Dig where you stand" 5: Proceedings of the fifth international conference on the history of mathematics education. September 19-22, 2017, at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Paper presented at Fifth international conference on the history of mathematics education. Utrecht: Utrecht University - Freudenthal Institute
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Dig where you stand" 5: Proceedings of the fifth international conference on the history of mathematics education. September 19-22, 2017, at Utrecht University, the Netherlands
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2019 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Utrecht: Utrecht University - Freudenthal Institute, 2019. p. 416
Keywords
Mathematics Education History
National Category
History Other Mathematics Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390394 (URN)978-908-236-796-6 (ISBN)
Conference
Fifth international conference on the history of mathematics education
Available from: 2019-08-09 Created: 2019-08-09 Last updated: 2019-08-09
Nygren, T., Haglund, J., Samuelsson, R., af Geijerstam, Å. & Prytz, J. (2018). Critical thinking in national tests across four subjects in Swedish compulsory school. Education Inquiry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical thinking in national tests across four subjects in Swedish compulsory school
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2018 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Critical thinking is brought to the fore as a central competence in today’s society and in school curricula, but what may be emphasised as a general skill may also differ across school subjects. Using a mixed methods approach we identify general formulations regarding critical thinking in the Swedish curriculum of school year nine and seven more subject-specific categories of critical thinking in the syllabi and national tests in history, physics, mathematics and Swedish. By analysing 76 individual students’ critical thinking as expressed in national tests we find that a student that thinks critically in one subjects does not necessarily do so in other subjects. We find that students’ grades in different subjects are closely linked to their abilities to answer questions designed to test critical thinking in the subjects. We also find that the same formulations of critical thinking in two subjects may mean very different things when translated into assessments. Our findings suggest that critical thinking among students comprise different, subject-specific skills. The complexity of our findings highlights a need for future research to help clarify to students and researchers what it means to think critically in school.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
Keywords
critical thinking; history; mathematics; Swedish; physics; national tests; mixed method; explorative factor analysis
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-351731 (URN)10.1080/20004508.2018.1475200 (DOI)
Funder
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, KAW 2015.0271
Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-05-30Bibliographically approved
Prytz, J. (2017). Governance of Swedish school mathematics — where and how did it happen?: A study of different modes of governance in Swedish school mathematics, 1910-1980. Espacio, Tiempo y Educación, 4(2), 43-72
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Governance of Swedish school mathematics — where and how did it happen?: A study of different modes of governance in Swedish school mathematics, 1910-1980
2017 (English)In: Espacio, Tiempo y Educación, ISSN 2340-7263, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 43-72Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to revise a standard narrative about governance of the Swedish school system in the period of 1910-1908. According to this narrative, the Swedish school system was centralized during this period. However, this narrative does not fit the history of Swedish mathematics education (years 1-9). The research questions are: where in the school system was change initiated and how was change enforced? On the basis of studies of syllabi, textbooks, teaching literature, teacher journals and reports from investigations and development projects, different modes of governance of school mathematics are identified. The main results are that textbook producers rather than national syllabi and exams were drivers of change in the period 1910-1960. Moreover, the centralized attempts to change school mathematics, prepared in the 1960s, were soon abandoned in the early 1970s. Thus, centralized governance of Swedish school mathematics, with the ambition to achieve change, was something that took effect relatively late and during a very short period of time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Salamanca: FahrenHouse, 2017
Keywords
Governance; reform; mathematics education; Sweden; 20th century; primary schools; lower secondary schools
National Category
History Didactics Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326324 (URN)10.14516/ete.180 (DOI)000417392600003 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-07-05 Created: 2017-07-05 Last updated: 2018-03-07Bibliographically approved
Prytz, J. (2017). Nya matematiken – revolutionen som uteblev: En reform i övergången från centraliserad tilldecentraliserad styrning av skolan, 1960–1980. In: Berg, Anne et al. (Ed.), Utbildningens revolutioner: Till studiet av utbildningshistorisk förändring. (pp. 189-210). Uppsala: Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nya matematiken – revolutionen som uteblev: En reform i övergången från centraliserad tilldecentraliserad styrning av skolan, 1960–1980
2017 (Swedish)In: Utbildningens revolutioner: Till studiet av utbildningshistorisk förändring. / [ed] Berg, Anne et al., Uppsala: Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED) , 2017, p. 189-210Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala Studies of History and Education (SHED), 2017
Series
Utbildningshistoriska meddelanden, ISSN 2000-4168 ; 5
Keywords
utbildningshistoria, didaktikhistoria, Nya matematiken
National Category
Didactics History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-319985 (URN)
Available from: 2017-04-12 Created: 2017-04-12 Last updated: 2017-04-12Bibliographically approved
Prytz, J. (2017). The production of textbooks in mathematics in Sweden, 1930-1980. In: Bjarnadóttir, K., Furinghetti, F., Menghini, M., Prytz, J., & Schubring, G. (Ed.), "Dig where you stand" 4: Proceedings of the fourth International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education. Paper presented at International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education (ICHME-4) Turin, Italy, 23-26 September, 2015 (pp. 309-324). Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The production of textbooks in mathematics in Sweden, 1930-1980
2017 (English)In: "Dig where you stand" 4: Proceedings of the fourth International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education / [ed] Bjarnadóttir, K., Furinghetti, F., Menghini, M., Prytz, J., & Schubring, G., Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura , 2017, p. 309-324Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents a bibliometric study on the prod uction of mathematics textbooks in Sweden in the period of 1930–1980. The analysis concerns grades 1- 9. The main source is a database of mathematics textbooks. Official reports on the Swedish textbook market comprise a second source.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2017
Keywords
textbooks market mathematics education Sweden 20th century bibliometric analysis
National Category
History Didactics Pedagogy
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-329480 (URN)9788868128647 (ISBN)
Conference
International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education (ICHME-4) Turin, Italy, 23-26 September, 2015
Available from: 2017-09-15 Created: 2017-09-15 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved
Prytz, J. & Karlberg, M. (2016). Nordic school mathematics revisited – on the introduction and functionality of New Math. Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education, 21(1), 71-93
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nordic school mathematics revisited – on the introduction and functionality of New Math
2016 (English)In: Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 71-93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: , 2016
National Category
Didactics
Research subject
Curriculum Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-278947 (URN)
Available from: 2016-02-26 Created: 2016-02-26 Last updated: 2016-04-06
Prytz, J. (2016). The construction of a database regarding Swedish historical textbooks in mathematics (grades 1–9), 1900–2015: A technical description. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The construction of a database regarding Swedish historical textbooks in mathematics (grades 1–9), 1900–2015: A technical description
2016 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report concerns the construction of a database of Swedish historical textbooks in mathematics education (grades 1–9) in the programme Excel. The aim is to provide a technical description of the construction of the database and how some basic statistics are generated. These statistics are also accounted for.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2016. p. 22
Keywords
textbooks, mathematics, database, historical textbooks, Sweden, bibliometrics, Excel
National Category
History Didactics
Research subject
Curriculum Studies; Sociology of Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305433 (URN)
Projects
The development of school mathematics and reforms of the Swedish school system in the twentieth century: a comparative and historical study of changes of contents, methods and institutional conditions
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2011-05676
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-18 Last updated: 2016-10-24Bibliographically approved
Bjarnadóttir, K., Furinghetti, F., Prytz, J. & Schubring, G. (Eds.). (2015). “Dig where you stand” 3: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education. Paper presented at Third International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Dig where you stand” 3: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education
2015 (English)Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2015. p. 424
National Category
Educational Sciences History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246846 (URN)978-91-506-2444-1 (ISBN)
Conference
Third International Conference on the History of Mathematics Education
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2015-03-12
Prytz, J. (2015). Matematik (2ed.). In: Esbjörn Larsson, Johannes Westberg (Ed.), Utbildningshistoria - en introduktion: (pp. 259-270). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Matematik
2015 (Swedish)In: Utbildningshistoria - en introduktion / [ed] Esbjörn Larsson, Johannes Westberg, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015, 2, p. 259-270Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2015 Edition: 2
Keywords
Utbildningshistoria, Sverige, Matematik
National Category
History Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-258973 (URN)978-91-44-10179-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-07-23 Created: 2015-07-23 Last updated: 2015-07-23
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-7718-1343

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