Matematisk elasticitet en väg ut ur matematiksvårigheter
: En intervjustudie på vuxna elever

Translated title of the thesis: Mathematical resillience as a path out of mathematical difficulties: an interview study on adult students
  • Christer Broström

Student thesis: Bachelor


How do the mathematics teacher together with the special teacher get pupils to struggle after repeated failures? Mathematical resilience could be the answer. In a Swedish context this is something needed to develop pupils in mathematics. One way out of this is to focus on three important themes: value, struggle and growth. From this it develops four different knowledges such as having a growth mindset, mathematics can be valuable, struggle and support to stay in the growth zone. Seven persons were interviewed using semi structured interviews. Selected quotes were sorted in seven categories as follows: time, negative feelings, positive feelings, motivation, extern-, intern-environment and treatment. The study shows that if a pupil has difficulties with mathematics things are not hopeless. There were pupils with intrinsic motivation who succeeded after several failures with the help of mathematical resilience. This is valuable to know for special teachers. The math teachers at the adult-school was not aware of that they worked with mathematic resilience, but instinctively they did.

Date of Award2020-Jan-07
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorIngemar Holgersson (Supervisor) & Carin Roos (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Teacher Education

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)


  • mathematical resilience
  • classroom climate
  • intrinsic motivation
  • classroom environment
  • classroom atmosphere
  • parents’ impact

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