Welcome to Madif 10, the tenth research seminar of the Swedish Society for Research in Mathematics Education in Karlstad January 26–27, 2016!

The theme of the seminar is
ICT in mathematics education: the future and the realities

Registration online

All researchers, teachers, teacher educators and others with an interest in Mathematics Education are welcome!

The seminar is timed to occur directly before Matematikbiennalen 2016.




Invited speakers

  • Kaye Stacey, University of Melbourne – Researching the use of ICT to teach mathematics – the case of mathematically able software
  • Kenneth Ruthven, University of Cambridge – Digital computational tools in school mathematics: ecological, epistemological and existential challenges

Paper presentations

  • Birgit Gustafsson – Swedish students in upper secondary school solving algebra tasks – What obstacles can be observed? [draft, rev 1] (Discussant Cecilia Kilhamn)
  • Christina Bauck Jensen – Ways of constructing competence. The cases of ”mathematics” and ” building and konstruktion” [draft, rev 1] (Discussant Johan Prytz)
  • Hanna Palmér & Jorryt van Bommel – Exploring the role of representations when young children solve a combinatorial task [draft] (Discussant Anna Wernberg)
  • Jannika Lindvall – Large-scale professional development and its impact on mathematics instruction: Differences between primary and secondary grades [draft, rev 1] (Discussant Thomas Lingefjärd.)
  • Lisa Björklund Boistrup & Inge Henningsen – What can a re-analysis of PIAAC data tell us about adults and mathematics in working life?  [draft] (Discussant Anette Jahnke)
  • Mats Brunström & Maria Fahlgren – Orchestration of mathematical discussions drawing on students’ computer-based work. [draft, rev 1] (Discussant Olov Viirman)
  • Ola Helenius & Hanna Palmér – Student teachersvisions of good mathematics teaching and its (dis)connection to practice [draft, rev 1] (Discussant Arne Engström)
  • Petra Svensson Källberg – Learning mathematics: hope and despair [draft, rev 1]
    (Discussant Anette Bagger)
  • Robert Gunnarsson, Anna-Lena Ekdahl, Josefine Landén & Jenny Tegnefur – Students’ strategies to continue geometric number sequences [draft, rev 1]
    (Discussant Judy Sayers)

Short communications

  • Alexandra Hjelte – Conceptualizing mathematical reasoning – a litterature review [draft]
  • Andreas Eckert – Teaching mathematics as contribution to integration [draft]
  • Anneli Dyrvold – A framework for mathematics task text analysis – focusing on cohesion between natural language, mathematical notation and images [draft]
  • Anette Bagger – The discourse regarding the multilingual pupil in need of support in test-instructions [draft]
  • Cris Edmonds-Wathen, Ewa Bergqvist & Magnus Österholm – Framework of linguistic properties to compare mathematics tasks in different languages [draft]
  • Djamshid Farahani – A mathematical representation of the heart  [draft]
  • Ewa Bergqvist, Frithjof Theens & Magnus Österholm – Linguistic properties of PISA mathematics tasks in different languages [draft]
  • Helena Grundén – Educational planning in mathematics as a part of macro-sociological structures [draft]
  • Helena Roos – Discourse analysis as a theory and tool investigating inclusion in mathematics [draft]
  • Ingemar Karlsson – Samhällets olycksbarn – en studie av elever med låga prestationer i matematik [draft]
  • Johan Prytz – Mot en förklaring av den Nya matematikens framgång och misslyckande i Sverige [draft]
  • Jöran Petersson – Students determining the median for different data sets: a spectrum of responses [draft]
  • Lena Heikka – Mathematics teachers’ communication about educational goals – a comparison between students’ beliefs, teachers’ descriptions and teaching [draft]
  • Marcus Sundhäll, Frida Wetterstrand, Per Nilsson & Christian Lundahl – Nationella prov i matematik: stöd vid betygssättning? [draft]
  • Olov Viirman, Simon Goodchild & Yuriy Rogovchenko – Using mathematical modelling activities to motivate biology students to learn mathematics [draft]


  • Elisabet Mellroth, Jan Olsson & Yvonne Liljekvist
    Conceptualizing a local instructional theory in design research [draft] (Moderator Jesper Boesen)
  • Per Nilsson, Maike Schindler & Abdel Seidou
    Inferentialism – a social pragmatic perspective on conceptual teaching and understanding in mathematics [draft] (Moderator Johan Häggström)
  • Torulf Palm, Catarina Andersson, Erika Boström & Charlotta Vingsle
    A research program for studying the development and impact of formative assessment [draft] (Moderator Ewa Bergqvist)

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Program (preliminary) for MADIF 10

Tuesday January 26
Kl.18:30 – Registration, Elite stadshotell
kl. 19:00 – Welcome dinner, Elite stadshotell

Wednesday January 27

Karlstad UniversityBuilding 12 

08:30–09.00RegistrationFoyer Building 12
09:00–10.00Welcome to Madif11
Plenary 1
JeungSuk Pang
Development of elementary teacher classroom expertise: issues and challenges
10:00–10.30Coffe break
10:30–11.15Presentations 1Paper: 010 Mette Susanne Andresen
Paper: 002 Kajsa Bråting et al.
Paper: 026 Leslie Jiménez et al.
Paper: 015 Lotta Wedman
Short: SH 001 Kristina Juter et al. + SH 002 Kristina Juter et al.
12 A 226
12 B 257
12 B 258
11 C 269
11 C 270
11:15–11.20Transfer break
11:20–12.05Presentations 2 Paper: 013 Camilla Björklund et al.
Paper: 025 Abdel Seidouvy et al.
Paper: 004 Jannika Lindvall
Paper: 018 Anette Bagger et al.
Short: SH 004 Fritjof Theens et al. + SH 008 Jenny Hellgren at al.
12 A 226
13:05–13.50Presentations 3Paper: 008 Anna-Lena Ekdahl
Paper: 021 Karolina Muhrman et al.
Paper: 016 Magnus Österholm
Paper: 019 Jan Olsson et al.
Short: SH 009 Florenda Gallos Cronberg et al. + SH 006 Lena Knutsson
12 A 226
12 B 257
12 B 258
11 C 269
11 C 270
13:50–14.00Transfer break
14:00–14.55Plenary 2Peter Liljedahl
What teachers want from professional development
14:55–15.25Coffe break
15:25–16.25Presentations 4Symposium: SY 001 Nils Buchholz et al.
Paper: 011 Jöran Petersson et al.
Paper: 024 Cecilia Kihlhamn et al.
Short: SH 011 Olov Viirman et al. + SH 003 Helena Johansson et al. + SH 007 Malin Norberg
12 A 226
12 B 257
12 B 258
11 C 269
16:25–16.30Transfer break
16:30–17.15Presentations 5Paper: 022 Peter Frejd et al.
Paper: 005 Linda Marie Ahl et al.
Paper: 007 Olaf Knapp
Paper: 012 Yvonne Liljekvist et al.
Short: SH 010 Helena Eriksson + SH 005 Rimma Nyman et al.
12 A 226
12 B 257
12 B 258
11 C 269
11 C 270
17:15–17.20Transfer break
17:20–Annual meeting SMDF Geijersalen

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Call for papers

Participants at the seminar are invited to submit research papers for presentation and discussion. The main language of Madif10 is English, but papers written in Swedish are also welcome. Papers on all areas of mathematics education research are welcome. Contributions directly related to the seminar theme will be placed in a specific strand in the program. This year, we particularly welcome theoretical and methodological papers and papers that retrospectively or progressively outline research programs. Each accepted contribution will be given a 45 minutes in parallel sessions – including time for discussant and general discussion.

Submission of papers

The paper is to be sent to the chair of the program committee no later than October 13, 2015 (the e-mail address is given below). Please note that the paper has to be submitted as a Word file to be accepted and be no more than ten pages A4. An anonymized version of the paper should also be submitted. In this version author names, references by the authors and other details that could identify the author are removed. Papers should be written in the template and follow the guidelines; see links below.

Review process of papers

Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two other researchers through a double blind peer review. Authors are expected to participate in the review process by reviewing other contributions. The review is intended to be constructive, i.e. the assessment shall also be supplemented with any suggestions for improvement of the paper.

Decisions about paper acceptance are made by the program committee. Authors will be notified by December 1, 2015 if their contribution is accepted or not for presentation at the conference. At the same time, a review report will be sent, indicating what changes are needed for the manuscript to be published in the conference proceedings.

A revised version must be submitted no later than January 4, 2016. If the program committee find that the contribution needs further work to meet the requirements described in the review report then an updated paper must be submitted to the program committee by March 1, 2016. Contributions that fail to reach a satisfactory level will not be published in the conference proceedings.

Call for discussant

At each paper presentation, a specially appointed person (known as a discussant) will chair the session and initiate a discussion by presenting a short response to the paper. If you are interested in being a discussant, please contact the program chair no later than December 15, 2015.

Call for short presentations

At Madif10, there is also the opportunity to provide a short communication. In a short communication you can present and discuss parts of projects or ongoing research. The research component must be clear in the proposal. The proposal should contain a short summary of the contribution of no more than two pages A4 and must follow the guidelines: see below. During the presentation at Madif10, the author may provide a hard-copy of a longer version of the proposal to interested participants. Each accepted short communication will be allocated 20 or 30 minutes (including time for discussion) in the program, depending on the total number of contributions, in parallel sessions.

Submission of short communications

A short communication, no longer than two pages A4 is to be send to the chair of the program committee no later than October 13, 2015 (e-mail address is provided below). Please note that the paper has to be submitted as a Word file to be accepted.

Review process of short communications

Decisions about short communication acceptance are made by the program committee. Authors will be notified by December 1, 2015 if their contribution is accepted or not for presentation at the conference. Short presentations will be published in the conference proceedings with only the title and abstract.

NEW! Call for symposium

Participants in the seminar can propose a symposium. Groups of three can decide to hand in their papers together around a common theme, and propose a moderator amongst them. A symposium will be given 90 minutes in parallel sessions in the program (including time for discussion).

Submission for symposium

A symposium submission should contain a description of the proposed theme (maximum two pages A4) and the abstracts from the three papers (250 words per paper). The submission has to be handed in before October 13, 2015. The abstracts should contain the following: aims of the research, theoretical framework, methodology, main results and implications. Please note that the symposium submission has to be submitted as a Word file using the madif10 template (see below) to be accepted.

Review of symposium

After the symposium, the participants are offered the opportunity to hand in a common paper for publication in the conference proceedings, to be reviewed by a least two other researchers. The paper should be handed in no later than March 1, 2016 and should not be longer than ten pages A4 following the guidelines: see below.


Guidelines for reports can be downloaded here

The template can be downloaded here or here (word)

All submissions to Madif10 should be sent to:

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Practical information

Place/venue: Karlstad university

Registration can be done from 18:30 Tuesday January 26, in connection with the Welcome dinner, and from 8.30  Wednesday, January 27 (before the initial plenarspeach at 9.00) adjacent to the entrance to Geijersalen (map). The conference ends at 17.20.

The Welcome dinner is 19.00, Tuesday January 26, at, Elite stadshotell in Karlstad

See Registration online

The main language of the seminar will be English. Contributions written in Swedish or another Scandinavian language is also welcome; these sessions might be conducted in Swedish / Scandinavian.

A seminar documentation will be published in the autumn of 2016 (included in the conference fee).

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Program committee

Johan Häggström, NCM, Gothenburg university (chair) –
Eva Norén, Stockholm university –
Jorryt van Bommel, Karlstad university –
Judy Sayers, Stockholm university –
Ola Helenius, NCM, Gothenburg university –
Yvonne Liljekvist, Karlstad university –

Local organisation

Arne Engström –
Jorryt van Bommel –
Yvonne Liljekvist –


Questions about the program
Johan Häggström –

Questions about the local organisation
Jorryt van Bommel –

SMDF website
Matematikbiennalen 2016

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