Approaches to Qualitative Research in Mathematics Education

Examples of Methodology and Methods

  • Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs
  • Christine Knipping
  • Norma Presmeg

Part of the Advances in Mathematics Education book series (AME)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Grounded Theory Methodology

  3. Approaches to Reconstructing Argumentation

  4. Ideal Type Construction

  5. Semiotic Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Luis Radford, Cristina Sabena
      Pages 157-182
  6. A Theory on Abstraction and Its Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
  7. Networking of Theories

  8. Multi-Level-Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Geoffrey B. Saxe, Kenton de Kirby, Marie Le, Yasmin Sitabkhan, Bona Kang
      Pages 253-318
  9. Mixed Methods

  10. Qualitative Content Analysis

  11. Triangulation and Cultural Studies

  12. Design Research as a Research Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 427-427
    2. Erin Henrick, Paul Cobb, Kara Jackson
      Pages 497-530
  13. Final Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 531-531
    2. Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs, Christine Knipping, Norma Presmeg
      Pages 533-536
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 537-592

About this book


This volume documents a range of qualitative research approaches emerged within mathematics education over the last three decades, whilst at the same time revealing their underlying methodologies. Continuing the discussion as begun in the two 2003 ZDM issues dedicated to qualitative empirical methods, this book presents astate of the art overview on qualitative research in mathematics education and beyond. The structure of the book allows the reader to use it as an actual guide for the selection of an appropriate methodology, on a basis of both theoretical depth and practical implications. The methods and examples illustrate how different methodologies come to life when applied to a specific question in a specific context. Many of the methodologies described are also applicable outside mathematics education, but the examples provided are chosen so as to situate the approach in a mathematical context.


methodologies in mathematics education qualitative content analysis qualitative research approaches research approach in mathematics education research practice in mathematics education semiotic approaches to research

Editors and affiliations

  • Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs
    • 1
  • Christine Knipping
    • 2
  • Norma Presmeg
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty 3 of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty 3 of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of BremenGermany
  3. 3.Mathematics DepartmentIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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