Sweden invests in math teacher program
In the fall of 2013, 14,000 teachers will begin a new program called the “Math Initiative” in an effort to improve maths teaching in Sweden. So far, teachers in 33 schools have been involved on a trial basis, reports Swedish Radio.
Anna Ekström, president of the Swedish National Agency for Education, says that many teachers in the trial have gone from discussing the errors students make to instead discussing how they should teach the students in the best way.
“For most teachers, there is no magical method that works in all situations. Teachers can choose from a wide repertoire of different approaches," says Ekström.
A recent study showed Swedish students' performances falling in international math league tables. Studies also show that, among other things, students sit too much and count numbers instead of learning how to think and understand mathematical concepts.
The government has allocated 654 million kronor for three years to 2, 200 schools.