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UV9403 – Learning Mathematics and Science through Representations

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Course content

Organising units: NATED track 2 in colaboration with CHANGE research group and TransAction research group

Organisers: Professor Sten Ludvigsen

Lecturers: Professor Geoff Saxe, Associate Adjunct Professor Maryl Gearhart (both Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley) and Professor Sten Ludvigsen

Dates and hours

1) 11 September 2013 (full day: 9:15 - 16)
2) 12 September 2013 (full day: 9:15 - 16)
3) 13 September 2013 (full day: 9:15 - 16)

Place: Infra, at Dep. of Educational Research & InterMedia, location Oslo Research Park (map)

Learning outcome

This PhD course will take two large-scale design research projects as the foundation.  The main focus will be on the project Learning Mathematics through Representations (LMR). In addition the course will focus on the project SCY: Science created by you.

LMR is a design research project with two goals. The first is to produce and evaluate an innovative research-based curriculum sequence that supports elementary students’ understanding of core topics in integers and fractions. The second is to use classrooms that are implementing the lesson sequence as laboratories to investigate dynamic processes in teaching-learning interactions over the course of the lessons.

Two premises of the LMR project are that (a) the number line affords an integrated treatment of rational number and (b) a coherent curriculum sequence can support growth in students’ generative understanding of rational number. The design of the curriculum was informed by coordinated research that included interview, tutorial, classroom, and efficacy studies.

The other design project is called Science created by you. The SCY environment encompasses many facets of a new design in the field of technology-enhanced learning. Innovative pedagogical scenarios, science assignments, new technological tools and infrastructure, experimental interactive assessment, and content-driven learning are each of them themselves demanding areas for design and empirical analysis. In SCY all these elements are combined. The empirical focus is to understand how students engage in inquiry activities like problematizing and achieving alignment with follow students and resources. In such activities students can increase their understanding of the specific aspects of science and develop mutual understanding. Different research design was used in the case studies and experiments that were performed.

During the course we will focus on the relationships between theoretical assumptions, how different methods can be used and what type of generalization that can achieved with different research design.

PhD candidates can present their own work in the course. Candidates who want to present their work can contact the organizer before the admission deadline.


The Faculty of Educational Sciences' PhD-candidates and NATED-candidates will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. However, applicants must have at least a master's degree.

Candidates admitted to a PhD-program at UiO: Apply by Studentweb

Other applicants: apply through registration form

Deadline for registration: September 1


The seminar will be a combination of lectures, paper presentations and data analysis discussions. All participants will either present aspects of their ongoing PhD research or they will present one of the papers in the syllabus. All participants will be given commentator assignments.


1 credit point for course participation (80% attendance required)
3 credit points for course participation and submitted paper

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Autumn 2013


Autumn 2013

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