The project gathers educational specialists and developmental psychologists from six European countries from North to South, East to West: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Serbia and Estonia.
It is widely accepted that being competent in mathematics helps people solve problems and develop analytical skills. However, mathematics continues to be one of the subjects both children and adults find challenging. MathMot builds on the assumption that one of the main goals of mathematics teaching should be children’s long-term motivation for learning the subject.
Research will focus on the development of motivation to learn mathematics, especially during the transition from elementary to middle school. Which classroom practices effectively support motivation to learn math? Data will be gathered about teaching and learning mathematics in grade 3 and 4 in 50 schools within each participating country. The study will follow up the same students one year later to see how their motivation has developed over time. The project team will interpret key findings in close collaboration with teachers and translate research outcomes into practical tools teachers can use in everyday activities.
The project is financed by The Research Council of Norway FINNUT Programme for Research and Innovation in the Educational Sector.