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Cecilia Kilhamn

Educational developer

Cecilia Kilhamn
Educational developer
+46 31 786 2037

Postal Address: Box 160, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vera sandbergs allé 8 , 41133 Göteborg

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Box 160
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2200
Visiting Address: Vera Sandbergs allé 8 , 411 33 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.

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

Latest publications

Algebra i grundskolan
Johan Häggström, Cecilia Kilhamn, Marie Fredriksson
Göteborg, Nationellt centrum för matematikutbildning, Göteborgs universitet, Textbook 2019

Algebra teachers’ questions and quandaries – Swedish and Finnish algebra teachers discussing practice.
Cecilia Kilhamn, Ann-Sofi Röj-Lindberg
Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk - Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Participation and Mathematization in Introductory Algebra Classrooms: The Case of Sweden
Cecilia Kilhamn, Thomas Hillman, Roger Säljö
Encountering Algebra. A Comparative Study of Classrooms in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the USA. Kilhamn C., Säljö R. (red.), Cham, Springer, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Encountering algebraic reasoning in contemporary classrooms: Epilogue
Roger Säljö, Cecilia Kilhamn
Encountering algebra. A comparative study of classrooms in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the USA. C. Kilhamn & R. Säljö (red.), Cham, Switzerland, Springer, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Kommunikation i matematikundervisning
Lena Knutsson, Cecilia Kilhamn
Vetenskaplighet i högre utbildning. Erfarenheter från lärarutbildning. Franck, O. (red.), Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Opportunities for learning: the use of variation to analyse examples of a paradigm shift in teaching primary mathematics in England
Thabit Al-Murani, Cecilia Kilhamn, Anne Watson, Deborah Morgan
Research in Mathematics Education, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Rika lösningar på rika problem - Felblandad saft
Anna Ida Säfström, Cecilia Kilhamn, Rimma Nyman
Nämnaren, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Video studies in classroom research. Hidden dimensions of teaching and learning.
Cecilia Kilhamn, Rimma Nyman, Britt Holmberg, Elisabeth Rystedt
Didactic classroom studies. A potential research direction. C. Osbeck, Å. Ingerman & S. Claesson (eds.) , Lund, Kriterium/ Nordic Academic Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

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Reflekterande och Matematiserande Barn
Cecilia Kilhamn, Christina Skodras, Susanne Frisk, Britt Holmberg
Konferens Forskning pågår , Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Tallinjen som tankemodell vid addition och subtraktion med negativa tal
Cecilia Kilhamn
Novemberkonferansen 24-25 november 2015 i Trondheim - workshop, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Reflekterande och matematiserande barn
Cecilia Kilhamn
Plenumföreläsning på Novemberkonferansen 24-25 november 2015 i Trondheim. Meningsfull matematikk for alle., Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Unga matematiker i arbete
Cecilia Kilhamn
Nämnaren, Magazine article 2015
Magazine article


Subtraktion på den tomma tallinjen
Britt Holmberg, Cecilia Kilhamn
Nämnaren, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

Distribution of lesson time in introductory algebra classes from four countries
Anna-Maija Partanen, Cecilia Kilhamn
Röj-Linberg, A-S., Burman, L., Kurtén-Finnäs, B. & Linnanmäki, K. (Eds.) Spaces of learning: past, present and future. Proceedings of the FMSERA 30th annual symposium in Vaasa, November 6-8, 2013, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Tallinjen som ett didaktiskt redskap
Cecilia Kilhamn
Nämnaren, Magazine article 2014
Magazine article

When does a variable vary? Identifying mathematical content knowledge for teaching variables.
Cecilia Kilhamn
Nordisk matematikkdidaktikk - Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education, Journal article 2014
Journal article

Structural and Pedagogical Diversity in Swedish Grade Six Algebra Classrooms
Cecilia Kilhamn, Thomas Hillman
Proceedings of the ninth annual conference of the Swedish Society for Mathematics Education Research (MADIF), Conference paper 2014
Conference paper

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