Within the Research Centre for Learning and Innovation, the Research Group on Mathematics Education focuses on the learning and teaching of mathematics K-12.
Mathematics plays an important role in society. In private life as well as in professional practices, people interact with digital means that provide visual and numerical mathematical information or whose operation is based on mathematical principles. The fruitful and adequate use of these tools requires higher order mathematical thinking skills, which are, therefore, crucial to acquire. Teachers play a central role in this learning process. The mission of this research group, therefore, is to contribute to the quality of teacher training for primary and secondary education and vocational education in the area of mathematics using digital tools.
The theme of the Research Group on Mathematics Education is mathematical thinking in an instrumented society. Mathematical thinking includes problem solving, analytical thinking, modeling and abstracting. The instrumented society refers to the practices of citizens and professionals, in which digital resources increasingly play a role. Digital resources are the reason for this emphasis on mathematical thinking skills, but also offer new opportunities to teach them, such as blended and personalized learning. Questions that are central to this research group are how the teaching of mathematics can contribute to the development of these competencies and how pre-service teachers can be trained to orchestrate the corresponding learning processes.
The above theme is elaborated in the following three research lines:
- RL1. Mathematical thinking in the university’s programs with the help of digital means, aimed at the development of teacher education for primary and secondary education.
- RL2. Mathematical thinking in with the help of digital means, aimed at the educational field of primary and secondary education and vocational education.
- RL3. Teachers’ professional development with regard to mathematical thinking and digital resources through different forms of in-service teacher training activity.