About UMERC

UMERC has been founded by the Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University, and the Faculty of Science and Technology hosts the centre. There is no permanent staff of the centre, which instead is an interdisciplinary network of researchers, teachers and research students that have a close relation to Umeå University. The participants are active in research and/or research education closely connected to the research goals of UMERC.

History

Research in mathematics education was initiated 1994 by Hans Wallin, Professor of mathematics. The research group has since then developed to include researchers from several departments at Umeå University, see the right column. UMERC was founded 2006 in order to facilitate the development of research and research education, building firmly on the existing research group.

Activities

The activities at UMERC are organized in a research program with several themes. The centre follows a plan of action which is founded on the following aims:

  • Research environment: A creative environment for high quality research in mathematics education and high relevance for teaching and learning.
  • Research projects: The research at UMERC is coordinated in a limited number of research themes, which are continuously revised.
  • Cooperation: Development of the cooperation with schools, universities, and the international research society. Research results will be communicated through national as well as international channels.
  • Succession: Recruiting younger researchers and continued engagement in local, national and international research education.

Director

Johan Lithner
Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics Education

The board

Tomas Bergqvist
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Educational Science

Eva Lindgren 
Representative for the Faculty of Social Sciences
Senior lecturer, Department for language studies

Torulf Palm
Representative for the Faculty of Science and Technology
Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics Education

Christina Ottander
Representative for Umeå School of Education
Professor, Department of Science and Mathematics Education

Marie Ivarsson
Representative for the economy and society.
Development manager, Umeå Municipality.

Anna Lind Pantzare
Student representative
Doctoral student, Department of Applied Educational Science

Anneli Dyrvold
Student representative
Doctoral student, Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics


Page Editor: Tomas Bergqvist

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