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Meaningless or meaningful mathematics: The ability to reason mathematically

Research project The project's overall aim to identify, describe and analyse the nature and causes of pupils' and students' difficulties in learning and using mathematics.

The project concerns the large and growing problems that the school and university is not able to help sufficiently many students to reach an adequate level of mathematical skills. This can be seen by too many students failing, or having great difficulties to pass the courses. The aim of the project is to design, implement and evaluate courses of action to address these issues and develop the learning environments in school and college.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2002-01-01 2004-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Science and Technology

Research subject

Educational sciences, Mathematics

Project description

The project concerns the large and growing problems that the school and university is not able to help sufficiently many students to reach an adequate level of mathematical skills. This can be seen by too many students failing, or having great difficulties to pass the courses. The aim of the project is to design, implement and evaluate courses of action to address these issues and develop the learning environments in school and college.