NOMAD 9(2), 2004. The Swedish graduate school in mathematics education

 

The Swedish graduate school in mathematics education: Conception, birth and development of a new doctoral programme
GILAH C. LEDER, GERD BRANDELL and BARBRO GREVHOLM

Abstract
In this paper we trace the establishment of the graduate school in mathematics education in Sweden. To provide a useful context for this initiative we review briefly the evolution of the PhD, the development of doctoral degrees and doctoral programmes in mathematics departments in Sweden, as well as the growing popularity of graduate schools. Progress and programme issues encountered to date are discussed in some detail.

Sammanfattning
I artikeln beskriver vi införandet av en forskarskola i matematik med inriktning mot matematikdidaktik i Sverige. Som en bakgrund granskar vi kort utvecklingen av begreppet filosofie doktor och av doktorsexamina liksom utbildningsprogram för doktorander inom matematiska institu-tioner i Sverige. Vi redovisar framväxten och den ökande populariteten hos forskarskolor. Programinnehållet och utvecklingen hittills inom for-skarskolan diskuteras mera detaljerat. Frågor om handledningens roll i ett tvärvetenskapligt sammanhang diskuteras.

GILAH C. LEDER
Gilah C. Leder is a professor at La Trobe university – Bundoora, Australia, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and Chair of the Higher Degrees Committee (Research). Her research interests are the impact of affective variables on mathematics learning at all levels of education, gender issues, the interaction between teaching, assessment, and the learning of mathematics, post graduate supervision and higher degree student issues.

GERD BRANDELL
Gerd Brandell is senior lecturer in mathematics at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Lund University. She acts as coordinator of the graduate school. Her research interests are gender issues in general in mathematics education and the teaching and learning of mathematics at tertiary level.

BARBRO GREVHOLM
Barbro Grevholm is professor of mathematics education at Agder University College in Norway and at Kristianstad University in Sweden. She is also a guest professor of mathematics and learning at Luleå University of Technology and director of the Nordic Graduate School of Mathematics Education. Her research interests are student teachers’ concept development in mathematics and mathematics education, problem-solving and gender issues.