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Matematik och modersmål: Pedagogers syn på modersmålets betydelse för flerspråkiga elevers matematiska förståelse
Södertörn University College, Lärarutbildningen.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research is about how the educators view the best way to help multilingual students develop their understanding for mathematics. The aim of the study is to identify the different aspects from the teacher’s point of view of this new approach of teaching: what are the limitations versus the opportunities? The study is limited to a multicultural school in Stockholm and to the experience of a few class teachers and mother tongue teachers.

A qualitative approach was used and the interview was selected as the method to collect the data. Three class teachers as well as three mother tongue teachers were interviewed about their experiences. The interviews were recorded and transcribed word by word.

There have been discussions about the skills in mathematics in multilingual speaking students, and that their greatest obstacle of understanding mathematics is that they are being taught in another language than their own mother tongue. The National Agency for Education have stated that multilingual students who gets high grades in the mother tongue education tend to get higher grades in mathematics as well (Skolverket 2008). The result shows that the staff, the class teachers and mother tongue teachers, have been able to build a bridge between mathematics and their student’s mother tongue. The results also indicate that one’s mother tongue is a key component in student’s understanding and management of mathematics. This also benefits the student’s development of their self-esteem: mathematics taught in the student’s mother tongue helps the student to develop both their first and second language side by side.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Mathematics, Mother tongue education, integration
Keyword [sv]
Matematik, modersmålsundervisning, integration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-3834OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-3834DiVA: diva2:348225
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-09-06 Created: 2010-09-03 Last updated: 2010-09-06Bibliographically approved

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