Luis RadfordWelcome to my webpage. My name is Luis Radford. Since 1992, I have taught and conducted research at École des sciences de l'éducation de l'Université Laurentienne. The university is located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. I became a Full Professor in 1997. I have been the recipient of the Laurentian University 2004-05 Research Excellence Award and the 2011 ICMI Hans Freudenthal Medal.

The ICMI 2011 Hans Freudenthal Medal

The ICMI 2011 Hans Freudenthal Medal

During the period July 2012 – July 2016, I was Chair of the International Study Group on the Relations Between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM). HPM is an affiliate group of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI). I am now one of two vice-presidents of ICMI.

My research interests cover both theoretical and practical aspects of mathematics thinking, teaching, and learning. The vertebral axis of my research is a sustained involvement in classroom work with teachers and students. As a sociocultural theorist, I am interested in moving beyond bourgeois student-centered pedagogical discourses.

Drawing on Lev Vygotsky’s historical-cultural school of thought and Evald Ilyenkov’s epistemology my current work focuses on the elaboration of an approach in which the problem of teaching and learning is formulated around the concept of alterity of Emmanuel Lévinas and Mikhail Bakhtin. In such an approach, learning is conceptualized as a social, political, and transformative process through which the students critically encounter other (historical and contemporary) voices and perspectives.

Arising in the course of sensuous mediated cultural praxes, learning, I argue, is not just about knowing but also about becoming (becoming-someone-with-others). The formulation of learning as a cultural and historical process where knowing and being are mutually constitutive leads to a non-utilitarian and a non-instrumentalist conception of the classroom and education. Entrenched in unerasable ethical concerns, the classroom appears as a space for the growth of intersubjectivity and the nurturing of what I call the communal self.

2019 Events

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February 6-10, 2019. Utrecht, The Netherlands
Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11)
Thematic Working Group 17: Theoretical Perspectives and Approaches in Mathematics

March 20-26, 2019. Campo Grande, Brazil
Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande
Curso sobre la Teoría de la Objetivación.

March 27-30, 2019. Fortaleza, Brazil.
Universidade Federal do Ceará-UFC
Seminário Internacional da Teoria da Objetivação.

April 5-9, 2019. Toronto, Canada.
American Educational Research Association Conference

April 15-17, 2019. The Netherlands.
Digital Turn in Epistemology
Utrecht University.

May 3-5, 2019. Montevideo, Uruguay.
8° Congreso Uruguayo de Educación Matemática (CUREM-8)

May 13-15, 2019. Stockholm, Sweden.
Nordic Conference on Teaching and Learning in Curriculum Subjects, NOFA7.
Stockholm University

May 16, 2019. Stockholm, Sweden.
Discussion with Faculty and Graduate Students
Stockholm University.

June 3-7, 2019. Kristiansand, Norway.
University of Agder.

October 21-26, 2019. Paris, France.
Université Paris Diderot

November 8-10, 2019. Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, Italy.
Convegno Nazionale IcM XXXIII
Didattica della matematica e professionalità docente

November 11, 2019. Bolzano, Italy.
Università di Bolzano