Mikaela is the student who took the leap from high school mathematics in Danderyd, via Oxford to Luleå University of Technology and PhD in Mathematics and learning.
Mikaela Rohdin is included in the Swedish part of the international project "The emergence of disparity in mathematics performance." The overall project is investigating mathematics classes in Canada, Sweden and Germany and focuses on pupils joining a new class. Mikaela has gotten more than halfway through her studies and are currently re-analyzing the vidoematerial gathered during the initial phase.
- I look at and compare communication patterns in these newly formed mathematics classes. What are the students talking about in class, who asks questions? What do they ask? Are there differences in the teacher's way of answering various students' questions? says Mikaela
Via Oxford to Luleå University of Technology
Mikaela Rohdins own road to mathematics, really started with an ad for Danderyd math class in high school. Meanwhile grew a childhood dream of studying at Oxford and when she found their program Mathematics and philosophy, the dream came within reach. After four years and graduation, she continued with teacher studies at the same university. But then she was starting to feel homesick. She had also begun to take an interest in the theoretical and scientific parts of her education and when her supervisor met Eva Jablonka (Professor and Head of Department for Mathematics and Learning at the LUT) at a conference and told Rohdin about an exciting research project, a door opened for moving home to Sweden.
- My supervisor encouraged me to contact Eva Jablonka and when LUT advertised for graduate students, I took the chance, was accepted and moved to Luleå, says Mikaela.