Research project Being able to handle the mathematical symbolic language is an important part of learning mathematics. Research shows that students often find it difficult to learn how to work with the symbolic language, especially when it comes to algebra.
An important part of knowledge about the symbolic language is to manipulate symbols, for example, from the equation x+1/x=2 to arrive at the solution x=1. Then you need to use ordinary words, that is, a natural language such as Swedish, to talk about what to do with the symbols. However, symbols can also have meaning in the same way as ordinary words, and students therefore need to use natural language to talk about the meaning of symbols. The purpose of this project is to investigate how natural language can be used to make it easier for students to learn the symbolic language.
The Swedish Research Council, 2018-2020: SEK 4,581,000