Educational Studies in Mathematics

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 199–223 | Cite as

Project work in university mathematics education

A Danish experience: Aalborg University
  • Renuka Vithal
  • Iben Christiansen
  • Ole Skovsmose


This article discusses project work in university mathematics education. The practice perspective is obtained as students and teachers from Aalborg University share their experiences. A theoretical framework is introduced. It includes the following key-terms: Problem-centered studies, interdisciplinarity, participant-directed studies, and the exemplarity principle. The contrasting of this theoretical conception of project work with the practice shows that the original notion of project work has been modified as a consequence of its encounter with practice. The modification can be perceived as both a success and a failure. To discuss this, different perspectives on project work in mathematics are suggested.


Mathematics Education Theoretical Conception Project Work Practice Perspective Original Notion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renuka Vithal
    • 1
  • Iben Christiansen
    • 2
  • Ole Skovsmose
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Curriculum StudiesUniversity of Durban-WestvilleSouth Africa
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationAalborg UniversityDenmark

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