Mathematics at University: The Anthropological Approach

  • Carl WinsløwEmail author


Mathematics is studied in universities by a large number of students. At the same time it is a field of research for a (smaller) number of university teachers. What relations, if any, exist between university research and teaching of mathematics? Can research “support” teaching? What research and what teaching? In this presentation we propose a theoretical framework to study these questions more precisely, based on the anthropological theory of didactics. As a main application, the links between the practices of mathematical research and university mathematics teaching are examined, in particular in the light of the dynamics between “exploring milieus” and “studying media”.


University mathematics Tertiary Anthropological theory of the didactical 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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