Create Math Seminar Series Speaker: Maria Johansson


Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm


252 Erickson Hall
What mathematics is in preschools can be viewed from different perspectives; perspectives to do with who is involved and who is deciding what is going on as well as conceptions about what is considered mathematics. In this presentation I will discuss how mathematics in preschool can be defined and conceptualized, using the Swedish case as an example. I will also discuss how a broader view on mathematics affects the preschool teachers own view on mathematics and their work with mathematics in the preschools.   About the Speaker: I have a PhD in mathematics from 2008 and a PhD in mathematics education from 2015. My research interest in mathematics is real analysis with a focus on Hardy’s inequality. My research interest in mathematics education is on professional development of teachers specifically teachers for young children and on disparity of achievement in school mathematics.  

Work at MSU related to Dr. Johansson's work:

Wernet, J.L. & Nurnberger-Haag, J. (2015). Toward broader perspectives of young children's mathematics: Recognizing and comparing Olivia's beliefs and activity. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, 16(2), 118-41 doi: 10.1177/1463949115585442