Doctoral defence in School of Education: Ósk Dagsdóttir
Aula in the main building of the University of Iceland. Also live stream.
Wednesday, May 13 2022 an oral defence in Educational Science from the Faculty of Subject Teacher Education, University of Iceland will take place. Ósk Dagsdóttir will defend her PhD thesis: Creative Mathematics: Professional Development in an Icelandic Compulsory School.
Opponents are Dr Ann-Sofi Röj-Lindberg from Aabo Akademi in Finland and dr. Jesper Boesen associate professor at University of Jönköping in Sweden.
Main supervisor was Dr Bharath Sriraman professor at the University of Montana, USA, and co-supervisor Dr Freyja Hreinsdóttir professor at the School of Education, University of Iceland.
Experts in the Doctoral committee were dr. Ólöf Björg Steinþórsdóttir Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa, USA, and dr. Jónína Vala Kristinsdóttir Associate Professor at the School of Education, University of Iceland.
Dr. Elsa Eiríksdóttir Head of the Faculty of Subject Teacher Education will conduct the ceremony.
About the PhD project
This action research focused on a professional development program in an Icelandic compulsory school. The program intends to support teachers to foster creativity in their mathematics classrooms. The teachers partake in seminars and work towards bringing their learning into their classrooms. Data was gathered from seminars and work with teachers. The data was analyzed qualitatively and included interviews, surveys, videos, field notes, and reflective journals. Case studies were chosen to see how the teachers explain the effect of the program on their views, pedagogy, teaching practices and student learning.
About the doctoral candidate
Ósk Dagsdóttir was born in Reykavík in 1983 and educated as a teacher. Ósk completed a B.Ed. degree in 2011 and an M.Ed. in 2013, both at the University of Iceland. She has taught at play school, compulsory school, secondary school and student teachers at the University of Iceland. She has held various courses on creative mathematics for practicing teachers and students, as well as practising research in that area.