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Hur användandet av samtal och diskussion påverkar mellanstadieelevers förståelse för matematik
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS).
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS).
2024 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
How the use of conversation and discussion affects elementaryschool students' understanding of mathematics (English)
Abstract [en]

This research overview is an evaluation of knowledge and explores the impact of language linked to mathematics. This particularly in the context of conversations and discussions, on the mathematical understanding of students in the ages between ten to twelve years old. The research overview attempts to examine the role a conversation plays in a concept of learning, specifically in mathematics teaching. With this study we want to create an understanding between the relationship of a rewarding conversation and the understanding of mathematical concepts and systems. Through systematic search and analysis of scientific texts a total of 10 articles were used to gain a proper overview of the subject found through systematic searches of sources such as ERIC, EBSCO and LibSearch. The limitations set for the chosen articles were a timeframe between the years 2011 until 2023, as well as being peer-reviewed. All chosen articles and studies are written in English but originate from different places which provides a wider perspective on the subject. The results show that conversation has an essential role in students' understanding of mathematics. Through correct language that develops in mathematical conversations, a deeper understanding of the subject is created. The research overview also shows the importance of language in shaping students' mathematical knowledge, presenting it as a crucial component of their proficiency in the subject. The research overview further describes the importance of classroom conversations, the teacher's role in the classroom, and the impact of home environments on learning. An aspect related to the subject is how sociocultural thoughts about active learning in a social context reflect the present of Swedish school and its design. By delving deep into the functionality of conversation and the connection between discussion and learning, the school will be able to develop the learning offered in the classroom to better meet the students and their needs. Furthermore, our research concludes that for future educators it is a necessity to balance teacher guidance and student participation in classroom discussions. 

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2024. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
conversation, discussion, interaction, leading classroom discussions, learning Strategies, mathematics, mathematics teaching, mathematical concept, middle school, using conversation, vocabulary
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Mathematical Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66463OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-66463DiVA, id: diva2:1846736
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LS Degree of Master of Arts in Primary Education
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Available from: 2024-03-26 Created: 2024-03-25 Last updated: 2024-03-26Bibliographically approved

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