TY - JOUR
AU - Sönnerhed, Wang Wei
PY - 2021/06/21
Y2 - 2024/08/07
TI - Quadratic equations in Swedish textbooks for upper-secondary school
JF - LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education
JA - LUMAT
VL - 9
IS - 1
SE - Articles
DO - 10.31129/LUMAT.9.1.1473
UR - https://journals.helsinki.fi/lumat/article/view/1473
SP - 518–545
AB - <p>This paper analyzes the content and tasks involving quadratic equations in eight mathematics textbooks published during the period 2000-2012 at the upper-secondary level in Sweden. The study applies the theoretical <em>hypothetical learning trajectory</em> (HLT) framework combining <em>conceptual</em> and <em>procedural</em> knowledge. The analysis includes horizontal and vertical dimensions within an HLT. The aim is to explore embedded HLTs and learning opportunities from both dimensions in these textbooks. A total of 250 examples and 1,068 tasks have been examined. Results show that all the textbooks contain algebra identities and four different methods for solving quadratic equations as well as their applications as a core hypothetical learning trajectory but differ in how an HLT starts and ends. Geometrical representations for some algebra identities and completing the square are widely used in both theoretical presentations and tasks, which implies that conceptual learning is encouraged among the Swedish textbooks. At the same time, procedural knowledge is still emphasized as a basic but important learning process. </p>
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