It became apparent that there were major differences in how the students participated in the workshop compared to the mathematics classroom, and the study reports on different constructions of competence in the two communities of practice. I discuss how the results from my study may contribute towards making teaching of mathematics more relevant for students enrolled in the building and construction programme.
Christina Bauck Jensen
Christina Bauck Jensen of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Kompetansekonstruksjoner i matematikk og programfag. Utdanningsprogrammet bygg- og anleggsteknikk, videregående opplæring» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 18 November 2022.
The study that this dissertation reports from, was motivated by an aim to find information about how to make teaching of mathematics for students enrolled in the building and construction programme in Norwegian upper secondary school more relevant.
The study is situated in a constructionist paradigm (Creswell, 2013; Guba & Lincoln, 1994; Mertens, 2014).
It is a case study where I have followed a single class of students enrolled in the programme building and construction for one year, in both building and construction subjects and in the subject of mathematics.
Situative perspectives generally (Greeno et al., 1996) and more specifically Wenger (1998), Communities of practice, are used as a theoretical basis.
The community in the building- and construction subjects (referred to as the workshop) and the community in the mathematics classroom are conceptualized as two different communities of practice.
It became apparent that there were major differences in how the students participated in the workshop compared to the mathematics classroom, and the study reports on different constructions of competence in the two communities of practice.
I discuss possible consequences that the two different constructions of competence may have for learning and knowledge, and also for the students’ identification with the different communities. This discussion is based mainly on Wenger’s social practice theory.
At the end of the dissertation, I discuss how the results from my study may contribute towards making teaching of mathematics more relevant for students enrolled in the building and construction programme.
The trial lecture and the public defence will take place on campus in Auditorium B3 007, Campus Kristiansand, and online via the Zoom conferencing app - registration link below.
Project Manager Elna Svege, Department of Mathematical Sciences, FFaculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, will chair the disputation.
Given topic for trial lecture: «Utfordringer og muligheter med matematikkundervisning basert på yrkesfaget utfra et forskningsperspektiv»
Thesis title: «Kompetansekonstruksjoner i matematikk og programfag. Utdanningsprogrammet bygg- og anleggsteknikk, videregående opplæring»
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The Candidate: Christina Bauck Jensen (1978, Lørenskog) Civil engineer with study programme "Applied Physics and Mathematics", NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2002). Thesis in Numerics: «Et studium av iterative likningslæsere for et adveksjons-diffusjonsproblem i to romdimensjoner". Postgraduate Certificate in Education, NTNU (2005). Practise: University College Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education 2005 – 2007, Sør-Trøndelag University College (HIST) - now merged witth NTNU, lecturer in science at Jessheim upper secondary school 2007 – 2010. After the PhD scolarship she has been working as lecturer in science at Jessheim upper secondary school (2016 -)
First opponent: Professor Reidar Mosvold, University of Stavanger, Norway
Second opponent: Professor Lisa Björklund Boistrup, Malmö University, Sweden
Professor Martin Carlsen, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment committee.
Supervisors in the doctoral work were Professor Frode Rønning, NTNU (main supervisor), Professor Anne Berit Fuglestad, UiA (passed away in 2018) and Professor Birgit Pepin, NTNU (co-supervisor until 2014)
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