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Cecilia Kilhamn

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPER

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Vera sandbergs allé 8
41133 Göteborg
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Box 160
40530 Göteborg

About Cecilia Kilhamn

Research interests Cecilia Kilhamn works as a senior lecturer in teacher education and in-service teacher training at the Faculty of Education, Gothenburg University. Her main interest is Mathematics Education in primary and elementary school.

In her dissertation from 2011 she studied teaching and learning of the concept of negative numbers and student’s development of number sense, using a longitudinal research approach including both interviews and video observations. In the thesis the importance of mathematical language including the use of metaphors were particularly highlighted.

Cecilia’s research interest concerns different ways of teaching specific mathematical contents, particularly processes that connect teaching with learning. Her masters’ thesis from 2003 described an experimental study teaching the function concept in grade 3 and 5 using “function boxes”.

Cecilia has also supervised many Learning Studies, where the use of Variation theory is a main feature. In addition to her research interests and teaching duties at the university Cecilia writes material for teachers, for example papers in the teacher journal Nämnaren, and material for in service teacher training run by the National Agency for Education (Matematiklyftet).

Current research activities Between 2011 and 2014 Cecilia worked in an international research project concerning the teaching and learning of early algebra. The project was funded by Nordiska Samarbetsnämnden för Humanistisk och Samhällsvetenskaplig forskning (NOS-HS) and is a collaboration between research teams at Gothenburg University in Sweden; Åbo Academy in Vasa, Finland; University of Agder in Norge, and; University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). The project, VIDEOMAT, is a comparative video study with a specific focus on “the introduction of variables in expressions” in grades 6 and 7. A second research interest is the use of video recorded classroom instruction in teacher education and professional development.

In 2015 a teacher development project called ROMB was initiated by Cecilia and other colleagues at the department of pedagogical , curricular and professional studies. The aim of the project is to investigate how ideas and teaching materials developed by colleagues in America and at the Freudenthal institute in the Netherlands can be adopted in Swedish classrooms and in what ways they are aligned with or challenge the social and sociomathematical norms in these classrooms.

Keywords didactics of mathematics, abstract, algebra, negative numbers, concepts, whole numbers