Luis Radford was born in Guatemala. After graduating from Universidad de San Carlos, he moved to France where he studied mathematics at the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg. He received his Ph.D in mathematics education from the same institution. In the 1990s, he moved to Canada and is currently a full professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He teaches at École des sciences de l'éducation, in the pre-service teachers' training program and conducts classroom research with teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12. His research interests include the development of algebraic thinking, the relationship between culture and thought, the epistemology of mathematics, and semiotics. He has conducted two major research projects for the Ontario Ministry of Education, resulting in two books for teachers and researchers: Communication et Apprentissage (2004; Italian translation, 2006) and Processus d'Abstraction en Mathématiques, 2009) and numerous workshops for teachers, principals, superintendents and policy makers. He has been co-editor of three special issues of Educational Studies in Mathematics— one on the history of mathematics and mathematics education (2007), one on gestures and multimodality (2009), and one on semiotics (2011). He also co-edited a special issue of Revista Latinoamericana de Matemática Educativa on semiotics, culture, and mathematical thinking (2006). He co-edited the book Semiotics in mathematics education: epistemology, history, classroom, and culture (Sense Publishers, 2008) and co-authored the book A Cultural-Historical Perspective on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (2011, Sense Publishers). He is past associate editor of For the Learning of Mathematics and current associate editor of Educational Studies in Mathematics. He is also member of the editorial board of several international journals, such as Mathematical Thinking and Learning, Recherches en Didactique des Mathématiques, Revista Latinoamericana de Matemática Educativa, PNA, Avances de Investigación en Educación Matemática. He received the Laurentian University Research Excellence Award for 2004-05 and the 2011 ICMI Hans Freudenthal Medal.
- PhD in Mathematics Education
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My research interests include: the development of algebraic thinking, the relationship between culture and thought, the epistemology of mathematics, and semiotics.