ESU-8 Main Themes & Plenary Sessions

Last Update: 24.02.2018


The programme and activities of ESU-8 are structured around the following main themes:

Theme 1: Theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks for integrating history and epistemology of mathematics in mathematics education;

Theme 2: History and epistemology in students and teachers mathematics education: Curricula, courses, textbooks, and didactical material of all kinds – their design, implementation and evaluation;

Theme 3: Original historical sources in teaching and learning of and about mathematics;

Theme 4: Mathematics and its relation to science, technology, and the arts: Historical issues and socio-cultural aspects in relation to interdisciplinary teaching and learning;

Theme 5: Topics in the history of mathematics education;

Theme 6: History of mathematics in the Nordic countries.



Plenary Lectures

Theme 1: Hans Niels Jahnke (Germany), Hermeneutics, and the Question of “How is Science Possible?”.

Theme 2: Ingo Witzke (Germany), Epistemological beliefs about mathematics – Challenges and chances for mathematical learning: Back to the future.

Theme 3: Frédéric Métin (France), Implementing history in the math class, from kindergarten to teacher training: words and artifacts

Theme 4: Snezana Lawrence (UK), The art and architecture of mathematics education – a study in metaphors

Theme 5: Marta Menghini (Italy), The fusion of plane and solid geometry in the teaching of geometry: textbooks, aims, discussions

Theme 6: Andreas Christiansen (Norway), The first Norwegian textbooks in mathematics — A story of independence and controversy

Plenary Panel Discussion:

Theme 2: Caterina Vicentini (Italy) coordinator, Nathalie Chevalarias (France), Kathy M. Clark (USA), Michel Roelens (Belgium): History, Epistemology and Teaching Mathematics: A challenging partnership?

Note: Participants are welcome and encouraged to contribute to the discussion, both beforehand and during the ESU. Therefore in preparing the panel discussion, it will be both helpful and stimulating to have as many as possible opinions of prospective participants on the questionnaire below, to be sent to the panel coordinator C. Vicentini (
To get the questionnaire, click here