Johan Lithner

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Professor

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Umeå Research Centre for Mathematics Education (UFM)

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Director

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My undergraduate degree is as a grade 7-12 teacher in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. I have also been teaching mathematics at university level and been engaged in different teaching development projects, in particular directed towards undergraduate mathematics students with learning difficulties.

I have a PhD degree in mathematics (approximation theory, Umeå 1993) and a PhD degree in mathematics education (Learning difficulties, Roskilde 2001). I am since 2004 professor in mathematics education. In 1994 professor Hans Wallin initiated the formation of a mathematics education research group at Umeå university, and since then I have worked with him and others in this project as the Director of Umeå Mathematics Education Research Centre (www.umerc.umu.se). I am also involved in the management of Umeå School of Education (www.use.umu.se/english).

My main research interests are characteristics, causes, and measures concerning the learning difficulties that most students at all educational levels meet. Our empirical studies of casual connections points unambiguously to that the lack of key competencies among students to a large extent can be traced to insufficiencies in the learning environment offered to the students. The educational system meets the difficulties by a too far-reaching reduction of complexity, e.g. by focussing rote memorisation of facts and algorithms, which is efficient in a short-term perspective in the sense that the students can solve several of the tasks but devastating in the long run since neither conceptual understanding nor problem solving abilities are developed. In our design research studies in collaboration with researchers from psychology, neuroscience and mathematics education evidence are emerging that students can learn in more efficient ways if they are given better possibilities to construct their own mathematical task solutions by creative reasoning.

Research projects

Head of research

Title

Date sorteringsordning

Jonsson, Bert

LEARNING TO ENGAGE THE BRAIN

12/19/2014

Vestergren, Peter

Analytical (relational) and non-analytical (associative) thought processes during mathematics learning – a functional brain imaging study.

12/08/2014

Österholm, Magnus

Evaluation of the results from a national professional development program for mathematics teachers

04/23/2014

Lithner, Johan

Learning mathematics through imitative and creative reasoning

01/19/2012

Lithner, Johan

Meaningless or meaningful mathematics: The ability to reason mathematically

11/15/2010

Lithner, Johan

National tests in mathematics as a catalyst for implementing educational reforms

12/05/2008

Bergqvist, Tomas

PIS - Podcasting in School

05/25/2007

Publications

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Jonsson, Bert
Kulaksiz, Yagmur C.
Lithner, Johan

Creative and algorithmic mathematical reasoning: effects of transfer-appropriate processing and effortful struggle
International journal of mathematical education in science and technology, 47(8): 1206-1225

2016

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Boesen, Jesper
Lithner, Johan
Palm, Torulf

Assessing mathematical competencies: an analysis of Swedish national mathematics tests
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

2016

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Bergqvist, Tomas
Lithner, Johan

Why is learning via creative reasoning effective?
<em>Proceedings of the 40th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education</em>

2016

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Lithner, Johan

Learning mathematics by imitative and creative reasoning: plenary lecture
Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: 35-50

2015

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Karlsson Wirebring, Linnea
Lithner, Johan
Jonsson, Bert; et al.

Learning mathematics without a suggested solution method: durable effects on performance and brain activity
Trends in Neuroscience and Education, 4(1-2): 6-14

2015

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Sidenvall, Johan
Lithner, Johan
Jader, Jonas

Students' reasoning in mathematics textbook task-solving
International journal of mathematical education in science and technology, 46(4): 533-552

2015

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Lithner, Johan

Learning mathematics by imitative or creative reasoning

2015

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Norqvist, Mathias
Lithner, Johan
Jonsson, Bert; et al.

Creative Reasoning More Beneficial For Cognitively Weaker Students
Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education: 502-503

2015

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Boesen, Jesper
Helenius, Ola
Bergqvist, Ewa; et al.

Developing mathematical competence: from the intended to the enacted curriculum
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 33: 72-87

2014

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Jonsson, Bert
Norqvist, Mathias
Liljekvist, Yvonne; et al.

Learning mathematics through algorithmic and creative reasoning
Journal of Mathematical Behavior

2014

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