Matematikboken – betydelse och kvalité : En studie av matematikbokens betydelse för elevers resultat i matematik samt utvärdering av matematikböckers kvalité
Education in mathematics is considered important for Sweden to be able to compete in a global world where knowledge and information is imperative. However, mathematics results are decreasing and students often fail to reach the stipulated educational goals.Research shows that in mathematics, what is taught and how it is taught is very dependent on the textbook used. In Finland, it has been concluded that there is a statistically significant difference in students´ results depending on which textbook is used. The objective of this thesis is to evaluate if the same is true in Sweden, i.e. is there a statistically significant difference in students’ results in mathematics depending on which textbook is used in Swedish schools? The evaluation is based on responses from 149 schools comprising 13 408 students. The study indicates that the textbook used does not affect the outcome. One explanation is that when assessing the quality of the two textbooks most commonly used in Swedish schools they can be considered equivalent.Since textbooks in mathematics have a large influence on what is taught and how it is taught it is important to be able to assess the quality of the textbooks. The thesis demonstrates that a method for assessing textbooks in mathematics, developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS, can be used in Sweden. The method would be appropriate as the tool the “Matematikdelegationen” (SOU 2004:97) is requesting for evaluation of the quality of textbooks in mathematics.Following the method stipulated by the AAAS, a limited evaluation is made of the two textbooks that dominate in Swedish schools in year 9, Matematikboken Z and Matte Direkt. It is striking that both books perform poorly in the same areas, Building on Student Ideas about Mathematics and Enhancing the Mathematics Learning Environment. This can have a negative impact on the pupils´ ability to learn mathematics and might also have a negative effect on the way mathematics is taught.
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:mathematics textbooks textbook evaluation project 2061 education achievement in teaching
Date of Publication:06/09/2008