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Bjørn Smestad

Bjørn Smestad


For some years, I have been teaching a course in methods and theories of science for our master students. In addition, I have been teaching in master programmes in mathematics education and in early years teaching. In addition, I have been supervising master students.
Within research and development, I have worked a lot on history of mathematics and the inclusion of this in teaching mathematics. From 2016-19, I have also been evaluating the mathematics exam in Norwegian compulsory school together with FAFO and Aina Fossum. From 2019-2022, I take part in a Research Council-supported project on teachers’ transdisciplinary competence, led by Monica Johannesen. Other interests are the history of mathematics teaching (at the moment, in particular New Math and exams through the ages). I am co-author of the book Tall og tanke 2 and a related activity book.
I am part of the editorial board of Tangenten and have a position as Professor II at Volda University College.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

General education   Other history   Subject didactics

Subject areas

Textbook research   Teacher education   Mathematics education   Prejudice   Homosexuality   History of Mathematics   LGBTQ   Primary and Secondary Teacher Education   Mathematical competencies   Teachers' Professional Qualification

Research projects

Scientific publications

Smestad, Bjørn (2023). Writing a book for teachers: an introduction to history of mathematics and its connection to education. Barbin, Evelyne; Capone, Roberto; Fried, Michael N.; Menghini, Marta; Pinto, Helder; Tortoriello, F. Saverio (Ed.). History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education - Proceedings of the 9th European Summer University. p. 216-227. University of Salerno - Department of Mathematics, Fisciano (SA).

Smestad, Bjørn; Hatlevik, Ove Edvard; Johannesen, Monica; Øgrim, Leikny (2023). Examining dimensions of teachers’ digital competence: A systematic review pre- and during COVID-19. Heliyon. Vol. 9.

Fossum, Aina; Rogstad, Jon; Smestad, Bjørn (2022). Eksamen på like vilkår?. Tangenten - Tidsskrift for matematikkundervisning. Vol. 33.

Smestad, Bjørn; Opsal, Hilde (2022). Trajectories of New Math in the Nordic Countries. Tröhler, Daniel; Hörmann, Bernadette; Tveit, Sverre; Bostad, Inga (Ed.). The Nordic Education Model in Context. Historical Developments and Current Renegotiations. p. 158-175. Routledge.

Opsal, Hilde; Smestad, Bjørn (2022). Concepts introduced in Norwegian textbooks before, during and after the New Math period. Hodgen, Jeremy; Geraniou, Eirini; Bolondi, Giorgio; Feretti, Federica; Ferretti, Federica (Ed.). Proceedings of the Twelfth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME12). p. 1-9. European Society for Research in Mathematics Education.

Fossum, Aina; Smestad, Bjørn (2022). Changes in grades on the Norwegian lower secondary school mathematics exam. Nortvedt, Guri A.; Buchholtz, Nils; Fauskanger, Janne; Hähkiöniemi, Markus; Jessen, Britta Eyrich; Nilsen, Hans Kristian (Ed.). Bringing Nordic mathematics education into the future. Proceedings of Norma 20, The ninth Nordic Conference on Mathematics Education . p. 49-56. Svensk förening för MatematikDidaktisk Forskning - SMDF.

Smestad, Bjørn (2021). Researching representation of diversity in mathematics pedagogical texts: Methodological considerations. Kollosche, David (Ed.). Exploring new ways to connect: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Mathematics Education and Society Conference. p. 937-946. International Mathematics Education and Society (MES).

Bjerke, Annette Hessen; Smestad, Bjørn; Eriksen, Elisabeta Iuliana; Rognes, Andre (2021). Relationship between Birth Month and Mathematics Performance in Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research.

Smestad, Bjørn; Gillespie, Astrid (2020). Dimensions of teachers’ transdisciplinary competence based on a systematic review of three transdisciplinary areas. 21 p. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education (NJCIE). Vol. 4.

Hovik, Ellen Konstanse; Reinholdtsen, Lars; Smestad, Bjørn (2019). Refleksjonsmuligheter i en eksamen som inkluderer undervisningspraksis. Thorsen, Kirsten Elisabeth; Michelet, Simon (Ed.). Teoretiske og praktiske kunnskaper i lærerkvalifisering - sammenhenger og spenninger. p. 163-180. Universitetsforlaget.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete