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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

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; Naalsund, Margrethe; Pálsdóttir, Guðbjörg; Portaankorva-Koivisto, Päivi; Radišić, Jelena; Sigurjónsson, Jóhann Örn; Viirman, Olov Lui; Wernberg, Anna (Ed.). Bringing Nordic mathematics education into the future. Proceedings of Norma 20, The ninth Nordic Conference on Mathematics Education. kap. p. 49-56. Svensk förening för MatematikDidaktisk Forskning - SMDF.

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). Chapter. p. 1-9. European Society for Research in Mathematics Education.

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. Chapter. p. 158-175. Routledge.

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

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. Kap. p. 937-946.

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. Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education (NJCIE) . Vol. 4.

Smestad, Bjørn; Fossum, Aina (2019). Exams in calculations/mathematics in Norway 1946–2017 – content and form. Jankvist, Uffe Thomas; Van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Marja; Veldhuis, Michiel (Ed.). Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. TWG12. European Society for Research in Mathematics Education.

Barbin, Evelyne; Jankvist, Uffe Thomas; Kjeldsen, Tinne Hoff; Smestad, Bjørn; Tzanakis, Constantinos (2019). Proceedings of the Eighth European Summer University on History and Epistemology in mathematics Education (ESU-8). ISBN: 978-82-8364-211-7. 901 p.

Barbin, Evelyne; Jankvist, Uffe Thomas; Hoff Kjeldsen, Tinne; Smestad, Bjørn; Tzanakis, Constantinos (2019). Proceedings of the Eighth European Summer University on History and Epistemology in Mathematics Education ESU 8. ISBN: 9788283642117. 901 p.

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