Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE credits
With the upper secondary school reform in 1994, all students´ got a first
common course in matematic, course A, and a common national test in
the course. More than 40 percent of the students on the most vocational
programmes do not pass the national tests in the Mathematic A course
and 30 percent of the students are expected not to pass the course. One of
the biggest reasons the students leave upper secondary school without
completed grades, is the lack of motivation. There is a great need to
oversee what changes can be done in the theoretical subjects to increase
the students’ motivation and belief in self-efficiency concerning the
This report investigates how the students’ motivation, trust in their own
ability as well as the understanding for the need of knowledge in
mathematics for future occupations is affected after one semester with
subject integrated studies. The investigation is performed on first grade
students in one of the construction company Peab’s upper secondary
schools and their mathematics teaching during the autumn term of 2009.
By starting from elements in the project “House construction”, where
mathematics is used naturally in the construction process, the students
can achieve the criterions in Mathematics A by practising on reality-based
tasks in the building area and in the classroom.
As qualitative research method, eight students before and after the
subject integrated project were chosen for interviews as well as a poll on
the first grade students of the mandatory construction project. The results
from the interviews indicate an increase for the majority of the students in
motivation for mathematics. The result from both the poll and the
interviews indicate an increase in self-efficiency beliefs for mathematics
after one semester with subject integrated studies for the majority of the
students. At the time for the second poll more students had realized how
often they actually use mathematics in the building area and will continue
to use it in future occupations.
2009. , 48 p.