Helena
Johansson

Researcher & Lecturer
in Mathemtics Education

About Me

I am a senior lecturer at Mid Sweden University.

One of my research interests is how students’ mathematical reasoning influences their learning in primarily mathematics, but also in physics. This has been expanded to include studies of how various contexts in mathematics tasks influence students’ mathematical reasoning.
Another interest is how students’ understanding of mathematical symbols might affect their mathematical reasoning, which include interest in how mathematical symbols can be understood, with a specific focus on algebraic symbols, and the role of mathematical discourses.
Transition between different educational levels is known to include changes in mathematical discourses, thus my research also includes transition studies and interest in what happens to students’ mathematical reasoning in the transition.
Primary focus has so far been on upper secondary students’ mathematics education, and the transition to higher education. Recently, my research has also focused on mathematics education for younger students.

Curriculum Vitae

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Education Degrees

2015
Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, specialising in Educational Sciences, University of Gothenburg.

2013
Doctor of Licentiate in Mathematics, specialising in Educational Sciences, University of Gothenburg.

2007
Master in Education, Växjö University (now Linnaeus University).

2004
Master of Science in Mathematics with Orientation towards Industrial Mathematics, University of Gothenburg.

Positions

2018-08 – present
Senior lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Mid Sweden University.

2016-08 – 2018-07
Postdoc, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Mid Sweden University.

2016-01 – 2018-07
Senior Lecturer, Department of Teacher Education, University of Borås.

2015-08 – 2016-02
Guestlecturer, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg.

2013-01 – 2013-05
Visiting student researcher, Graduate School of Education, University of California Berkeley.

2009-09 – 2015-04
Doctoral student, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg.

2008-08 – 2012-12
Teacher in mathematics and physics, Kitas upper secondary school, Gothenburg.

2005-01 – 2008-06
Teacher in mathematics and physics, Alströmer upper secondary school, Alingsås.

Publications a selection

Journals (Peer-reviewed)

Johansson, H. & Österholm, M. (2019). Objectification of upper-secondary teachers' verbal discourse in relation to symbolic expression. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior.

Johansson, H. (2017). Dependence between creative and non-creative mathematical reasoning in national physics tests. Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education, 22(2), 93-119.

Johansson, H. (2016). Mathematical Reasoning Requirements in Swedish National Physics Tests. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education 14(6), 1133-1152.

Conferences (Peer-reviewed)

Johansson, H. (2015). Relation between Mathematical Reasoning Ability and National Formal Demands in Physics Courses. In K. Beswick, T. Muir & J. Wells (Eds.). Proceedings of 39th Psychology of Mathematics Education conference (Vol. 3, pp. 121-128). Hobart, Australia: PME.

Theses

Johansson, H. (2015). Mathematical Reasoning: In physics and real-life context (Doctoral thesis). Gothenburg, Sweden: University of Gothenburg.

Johansson, H. (2013). Mathematical Reasoning in Physics Tests: Requirements, Relations, Dependence (Licentiate thesis). Gothenburg, Sweden: University of Gothenburg.

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