Institutional Perspective in Research in Mathematics Education

Plenary Speaker
Anna Seirpinska
Concordia University

I will present an institutional framework that I have started developing based on general theories of institutions from political science and Chevallard's Anthropological Theory of Didactics. I will show how I have applied it in my research on sources of students' frustration in prerequisite mathematics courses, and how I am planning to apply it in a joint research with Helen Osana (Department of Education, Concordia University) on tasks in the so-called "mathematics methods" courses for preservice elementary school teachers. An overview of institutional perspectives in mathematics education research can be found from a link on my web page at This page also has links to my papers on the research on frustration in prerequisite mathematics courses.

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