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Juter, K., Hansson, L., Hansson, Ö. & Redfors, A. (2018). Upper secondary physics teachers’ views of mathematics. In: Proceedings of Madif 11: . Paper presented at Madif 11, Karlstads universitet,23-24 januari 2018 (pp. 102-103).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Upper secondary physics teachers’ views of mathematics
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of Madif 11, 2018, p. 102-103Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Physics teachers at upper secondary school indirectly teach mathematics in their physics classes through their teaching strategies and preferred ways of using mathematics. Their views of physics and mathematics are important for the way they depict mathematics to the students. A web-questionnaire was administered to Swedish physics teachers. Part of the questions investigated views of mathematics, i.e. as a means for application, as a schema, as a formal construct or as processes. Mathematics as a means for application was the dominant opinion. Students’ lack of knowledge in mathematics was regarded as a problem to many of the teachers, and particularly problem solving and modelling. Students’ conceptual and relevance proficiencies in mathematics were less problematical.

National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-18047 (URN)
Conference
Madif 11, Karlstads universitet,23-24 januari 2018
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2018-05-14 Created: 2018-05-14 Last updated: 2018-05-15Bibliographically approved
Leden, L. & Hansson, L. (2017). Nature of science progression in school year 1–9: a case study of teachers’ suggestions and rationales. Research in science education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nature of science progression in school year 1–9: a case study of teachers’ suggestions and rationales
2017 (English)In: Research in science education, ISSN 0157-244X, E-ISSN 1573-1898Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The inclusion of nature of science (NOS) in science education has for a long  time been regarded as crucial. There is, however, a lack of research on appropriate NOS aspects for different educational levels. An even more neglected area of research is that focusing on teachers’ perspectives on NOS teaching at different levels. The aim of this article is to examine NOS progression in the light of teachers’ suggestions and rationales. In order to obtain teachers’ informed perspectives, we chose to involve six teachers (teaching grades 1–9) in a 3-year research project. They took part in focus group discussions about NOS and NOS teaching as well as implemented jointly planned NOS teaching sessions. Data that this article builds on was collected at the end of the project. The teachers’ suggestions for NOS progression often relied on adding more NOS issues at every stage, thereby creating the foundations of a broader but not necessarily deeper understanding of NOS. Five rationales, for if/when specific NOS issues are appropriate to introduce, emerged from the analysis of the teacher discussions. Some of these rationales, including practice makes perfect and increasing levels of depth can potentially accommodate room for many NOS issues in the science classroom, while maturity and experience instead has a restricting effect on NOS teaching. Also, choice of context and teaching approaches play an important role in teachers’ rationales for whether specific NOS issues  should be included or not at different stages. The article discusses the implications for teacher education and professional development.

Keyword
Nature of science, NOS progression, NOS teaching, Teachers’ perspectives
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17073 (URN)10.1007/s11165-017-9628-0 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-08-10 Created: 2017-08-10 Last updated: 2017-08-28Bibliographically approved
Redfors, A., Hansson, L., Hansson, Ö. & Juter, K. (2016). A framework to explore the role of mathematics during physics lessons in upper-secondary school. In: N. Papadouris, A. Hadjigeorgiou and C. Constantinou (Ed.), Insights from research in science teaching and learning: selected papers from the ESERA 2013 Conference (pp. 139--151). Dordrecht: Springer Publishing Company
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A framework to explore the role of mathematics during physics lessons in upper-secondary school
2016 (English)In: Insights from research in science teaching and learning: selected papers from the ESERA 2013 Conference / [ed] N. Papadouris, A. Hadjigeorgiou and C. Constantinou, Dordrecht: Springer Publishing Company, 2016, p. 139--151Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter discusses a framework for analysing the role of mathematics during physics lessons in upper-secondary school. It takes as a starting point that relations made during physics lessons between Reality, Theoretical models and Mathematics are of the outmost importance. The framework was developed to analyse the communication during physics lessons. It was developed during a pilot study exploring the role of mathematics for physics teaching and learning in upper-secondary school during different kinds of physics lessons (lectures, problem solving and labwork). In the overall project observations have been made in three physics classes (in total 7 lessons) led by one teacher. Here the developed analytical framework is described together with selected results from one class (3 lessons) showing how the framework could be used. This chapter describes and discusses the uses of the framework and shows how results on students and teachers usages of links between the three entities Reality, Theoretical models and Mathematics can be brought to the forefront in an analysis of complex physics teaching situations. And, how the framework can be used to analyse the different organisational forms: lectures, problem solving in groups and labwork.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dordrecht: Springer Publishing Company, 2016
Series
Contributions from Science Education Research, ISSN 2213-3623 ; 2
Keyword
Mathematics and Physics; Theoretical models; Classroom; Communication; Upper-secondary school
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13856 (URN)978-3-319-20073-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2008-484
Available from: 2015-06-01 Created: 2015-05-06 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved
Hansson, L. & Leden, L. (2016). Bilder av naturvetenskap. In: : . Paper presented at Naturvetenskap i förskolan, 13-14 oktober 2016. Lund
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bilder av naturvetenskap
2016 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: , 2016
National Category
Pedagogy Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16371 (URN)
Conference
Naturvetenskap i förskolan, 13-14 oktober 2016
Available from: 2016-12-28 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Hansson, L. (2016). Elever och universum.
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2016 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-15801 (URN)
Available from: 2016-08-27 Created: 2016-08-27 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved
Hansson, L. (2016). Elever och universum. In: : . Paper presented at Nationellt centrum för naturvetenskapernas och teknikens didaktik NATDID:s 1 års jubileum 20 oktober 2016. Linköping
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2016 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: , 2016
National Category
Natural Sciences Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16372 (URN)
Conference
Nationellt centrum för naturvetenskapernas och teknikens didaktik NATDID:s 1 års jubileum 20 oktober 2016
Available from: 2016-12-28 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Hansson, L., Hansson, Ö., Juter, K. & Redfors, A. (2016). Ett forskningsprojekt om matematikens roll i gymnasiefysiken. NATDID:s skriftserie: Naturvetenskapernas och teknikens didaktik (1), 97-101
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2016 (Swedish)In: NATDID:s skriftserie: Naturvetenskapernas och teknikens didaktik, no 1, p. 97-101Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Matematik är ett viktigt verktyg för fysiken och matematiken sägs varafysikens språk. Tidigare forskning visar dock att elever ägnar mycket tid åt matematisk formelmanipulation medan mindre tid och kraft läggs på att relatera fysikens teoretiska modeller och begrepp till verk- ligheten. Syftet med forskningsprojektet vi beskriver här, är att för- djupa vår förståelse av matematikens roll i fysikundervisningen gene- rellt. Vi studerar därför matematikens roll i såväl problemlösningssitu- ationer som lärarledda genomgångar och laborativa moment. Pro- jektet kommer att ge förutsättningar för en ökad förståelse av matema- tikens roll i olika typer av fysikundervisning och för att identifiera i vilka situationer som kommunikationen visar på att matematiken ut- gör hinder eller möjligheter för fysiklärandet. Genom att identifiera så- dana tillfällen öppnas också möjligheten att arbeta för att bryta oöns- kade och stimulera önskade kommunikationsmönster och förstå hur matematiken kan användas på ett konstruktivt sätt i fysikundervis- ningen. Slutsatserna från projektet kommer därför att kunna användas i lärarutbildning, lärarfortbildning och av läromedelsförfattare, liksom av fysiklärare som vill arbeta för att utveckla sin undervisning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016
National Category
Pedagogy Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16369 (URN)
Available from: 2016-12-28 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2016-12-29Bibliographically approved
Hansson, L. & Löfgren, L. (2016). Naturvetenskap i förskolan genom att "fånga tillfället": en problematiserande diskussion. In: Susanne Thulin (Ed.), Naturvetenskap i ett förskoleperspektiv: kreativa lärandeprocesser (pp. 153-168). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Naturvetenskap i förskolan genom att "fånga tillfället": en problematiserande diskussion
2016 (Swedish)In: Naturvetenskap i ett förskoleperspektiv: kreativa lärandeprocesser / [ed] Susanne Thulin, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2016, p. 153-168Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2016
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16361 (URN)9789140694669 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-12-27 Created: 2016-12-27 Last updated: 2016-12-27Bibliographically approved
Leden, L., Hansson, L. & Redfors, A. (2016). Socio-cultural aspects of science in the science classroom: teachers' perspectives. In: : . Paper presented at 1st European Regional IHPST Conference, Flensburg, 22-25 August.. Flensburg
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Socio-cultural aspects of science in the science classroom: teachers' perspectives
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Students' interest in science is declining. Science teaching often have science as facts as its main focus. In such science teaching there is often little room for socio-cultural aspects of science. It has, however, been shown that students could gain more interest in science if broader perspectives are included. Making socio-cultural aspects a topic in the science classroom is considered hard. In order to gain more knowledge about issues related to the implementation of socio-cultural aspects in the science classroom we have focused on teachers' perspectives. In this presentation we will provide results from a three-year research-project. It is a case study of six teachers, teaching science in grades 1-9. During the project the teachers met in focus groups four times a year and discussed different aspects of science. During the focus-group meetings they also planned and reflected on classroom activities with a focus on socio-cultural issues, which they implemented between meetings. Questionnaires, interviews and classroom observations where used in addition to the data collected from the focus groups. The results provide information on teachers' perspectives on appropriate approaches and activities for different years, as well as information about teachers' perspectives on both challenges and benefits from implementing socio-cultural aspects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Flensburg: , 2016
National Category
Pedagogy Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16367 (URN)
Conference
1st European Regional IHPST Conference, Flensburg, 22-25 August.
Available from: 2016-12-28 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2017-08-28Bibliographically approved
Hansson, L. (2016). The relevance of worldview perspectives in science education. In: : . Paper presented at The 1st European Regional IHPST conference, Flensburg, 22-25 August.. Flensburg
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The relevance of worldview perspectives in science education
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In research focusing science education in western countries, worldview perspectives have been rather neglected (with prominent exceptions such as the research by William Cobern). More specifically this is the case concerning science education in Europe. Often worldview issues are instead raised mostly in relation to indigenous cultures, and to some extent in research focusing religious issues in relation to science education in western countries. However, also in secular countries such as Sweden, students' worldviews should be of interest for science educators. During the presentation I will, with the starting point in previous research by myself and colleagues, highlight the value of worldview perspectives on science education also in "secular" countries. Such a perspective could contribute to our understanding of what happens in the science classroom, and shed light on questions such as why some students have difficulties understanding science (while others have not), and why some students are uninterested in science (and others view science as very much for them). Implications for science education - research and practice - will be raised. E.g. it will be suggested that worldview presuppositions should be discussed in science class as part of other nature of science perspectives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Flensburg: , 2016
National Category
Pedagogy Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-16365 (URN)
Conference
The 1st European Regional IHPST conference, Flensburg, 22-25 August.
Available from: 2016-12-28 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
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