New research points to room for improvement in mathematics teaching in Norwegian schools

MathematicsPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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According to new research from the University of Agder, mathematics teaching in primary school should include more realistic tasks.

“In order to give students basic competence in mathematics, it is important to have realistic tasks that are easy to transfer to situations in real life,” Oda Heidi Bolstad notes, referring to the research results connected with her doctoral dissertation.

Bolstad has interviewed and observed mathematics teachers and students in ninth grade at three schools. 

The answers she received show that there is a potential for improving both teaching and learning arithmetic as a basic skill.

“Practical and relevant arithmetic tasks can have a good effect on learning. Nevertheless, the work with assignments from the textbook is what is used most in teaching. This may indicate that teachers need to develop strategies for using realistic teaching tasks,” she believes.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayEducation

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