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.

2018 Events

March 28-29, 2018, Toronto
Colloque Synergie

Round Table on Well-Being, Ontario Ministry of Education

April 13-17, 2018, New York

Symposium - Dealing With Diverse Discourses: Can We Build on Each Other’s Research Contributions?

April 27, 2018, Switzerland
Invited lecture at the Conseil Académique des Hautes Écoles Romandes de la formation.

May 7-11, 2018, Taipei, Taiwan

Invited regular lecture

May 29-30, 2018, Norway
POEM Conference

Invited Keynote

June 27-29, 2018, Brazil

Invited Keynote, 5º Simpósio Internacional de Pesquisa em Educação Matemática – 5º
SIPEMAT. Belém, Pará

June 31-July 4, 2018, Norway
Adger University

Seminar for Faculty and Students

August 1-9, 2018, Rio de Janeiro
2018 ICM

Invited Regular Lecture

October 22-26, 2018, Paris
Espace Mathématique Francophone

November 13-14, 2018, Paris
Journées LEMME (Langage dans l’Enseignement et l’apprentissage des MathéMatiquEs)
Invited paper

November 15-16, 2018, Paris
Séminaire national de didactique des mathématiques
Invited paper

December 3-7, 2018, Chile
Séminaire à l'Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez