Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (UMERC)

UMERC is an interdisciplinary network of researchers, research students and teachers from school and university, who are engaged in research and research education in connection to the UMERC research themes.

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The role of the formal written curriculum in standards-based reform


Analysing appropriation in a mathematics classroom: The case of a textbook and a mnemonic


The appropriation of cultural resources in any social environment is of theoretical interest in order to understand Vygotsky's contention of how skills that are interpsychological become intrapsychological, allowing the individual to direct attention to elements that are necessary to carry out a particular task at hand. The analysis of appropriation is of methodological interest to be able to obtain explanatory power and understand as Rogoff argues how students comprehend their roles, transform practice through appropriation and relate their participation from one activity to another. Co...

Artefact mediated classroom practice


This paper reports on a classroom study of meaning being made by students working in small groups in a mathematics classroom at an upper secondary school. A naturalistic study, it observes student activities within the classroom from a socio-cultural-historical perspective. It addresses the artefact mediated classroom practice, wherein student participation and meaning making is guided and apprenticed by the teachers. Mediated by artefacts within intentional practices, the mathematics classroom constitutes a culture which is also the medium for meaning making.

Development of Mathematics Teaching: Design, Scale, Effects. Proceedings from Madif9: The Ninth Swedish Mathematics Education Research Seminar, Umeå, February 4-5, 2014


The grammar and conceptualisation of motion in Iwaidja


Different languages have different ways of using spatiallanguage, grammatically and conceptually. Thispaper reports on aspects of the language of motion inIwaidja, an indigenous Australian language. The waythat Iwaidja groups and separates spatial concepts suchas direction, height and movement in relation to anotherobject are briefly described using examples from aroute description task. The implications are discussedin terms of how understanding these grammatical featurescan help teachers of Indigenous students, as wellas providing keys to cross-linguistic investigations ofmathematical ...

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