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LPS Team Leader in Germany

Position: Professor, Department of Education and Psychology

Contact details:
Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie,
Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin,

Phone: +49 30 838 55975
Fax: +49 30 838 55918
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Recent and current professional activities:
Christine Keitel is Professor of Mathematics Education at the Free University of Berlin. Recently she was appointed Commissioner of the Free University for cultivating contacts and collaboration with the Australia Centre Berlin, as well as organising partnerships and exchange programmes with the universities in Melbourne, Australia. She has been involved in several comparative studies as investigator, consultant and co-ordinator. Her work on the history and current state of mathematics education in various European and Non-European countries, in particular in the USA, the former USSR, China, Indonesia, Japan, and South Africa, has been widely recognised. In 1999, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Sciences (Dr.h.c.sc.) from the University of Southampton/ UK and the Alexander-von-Humboldt/South-African-Scholarship Award for research undertaken in South Africa. She has been involved in many research associations and journal editorial boards in a variety of roles, including European Editor of the "Journal for Curriculum Studies" (1994-2000), Convenor of the International Organization of Women in Mathematics Education (IOWME) (1992-1996), and President of the Commission Internationale pour L'Etude et l'Amélioration de l'Enseignement des Mathématiques (CIEAEM) since 1996. Her research areas include studies on the relationship between mathematics and its social practice, on mathematical modelling, on attitudes and beliefs of teachers and students, on "mathematical literacy" and "numeracy", on equity and social justice, on learners' perspectives on classroom practice, and on the challenges of internationalisation and globalisation for mathematics education. Christine Keitel is one of the chief investigators of the Learner’s Perspective Study.

Selected publications:
Keitel, C. & Kilpatrick, J. (forthcoming) Mathematics education and Common Sense. In C. Hoyles, J. Kilpatrick, & O. Skovsmose (Eds.) Meaning and Communication in Mathematics Education. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Bishop, A., Clements, K., Keitel, C., & Leung, F. (Eds.) (forthcoming) Second International Handbook of Mathematics Education. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Gellert, U., Jablonka, E., & Keitel, C. (2001). Mathematical Literacy and Common Sense in Mathematics Education. In B. Atweh .et al. (Eds.) Sociocultural Aspects of Mathematics Education, New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Keitel, C. (2000). Cultural diversity, internationalisation and globalisation: challenges and perils for mathematics education. In A. Ahmed, J.M. Kraemer, & H. Williams (Eds.) Cultural diversity in mathematics education. Chichester: Ellis Horwood.

Keitel, C. & Kilpatrick, J. (1999). Rationality and irrationality of international comparative studies. In G. Kaiser, I. Huntley, E. Luna (Eds.) International comparative studies in mathematics education. London: Falmer Press, pp. 241-257.

Keitel, C. (1999). Teaching and Learning Mathematics. In L. Burton (Ed.) Learning Mathematics: From hierarchies to networks. London: Falmer Press, pp. 246-253.

Keitel, C. (Ed.) (1998). Social Justice and Mathematics Education: Gender, class, ethnicity and the politics of schooling. Berlin: IOWME and Freie Universität Berlin.

Keitel, C. (1997). Numeracy and scientific and technological literacy. In W.E. Jenkins (Ed.) Innovations in Science and Technology, Volume VI. Paris: UNESCO.

Bishop, A., Clements, M., Keitel, C., Kilpatrick, J., Laborde, C. (Eds.) (1996). International Handbook of Mathematics Education, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Keitel, C. (1993), Implicit Mathematical Models in Social Practice and Explicit Mathematics Teaching by Application. In:

Huntley, I., Keitel, C., de Lange, J., Niss, M. (Eds.) New Trends in Teaching Mathematics by Modelling and Applications. Ellis Horwood: Chichester.

Keitel, C. (1995). Different means for common ends? The challenge of different social views and experiences for collaboration in mathematics education. In R.

Hunting et al. (Eds.) Regional Collaboration in Mathematics Education. Melbourne: Monash University.

Keitel. C., Kotzmann, E., Skovsmose, O. (1993). Beyond the Tunnel-Vision: Analysing the Relationship between Mathematics Education, Technology and Society. In:

Keitel, C., Ruthven, K. (Eds.) Learning from the Computer - Mathematics Education and Technology. Springer: Heidelberg, pp. 243-279.


Position: Professor - LPS Data Co-ordinator for Germany until 2007

Contact details:
King's College London
Department of Education and Professional Studies
Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo Bridge Wing
London SE1 9NH

Phone: 020 7848 3157
Fax: 020 7848 3182
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Recent and current professional activities:
My current activities includes the study of school mathematics curricula at macro and micro levels (in particular mathematical modelling and mathematical literacy), the sociology of mathematics, mathematics education and language, cross-cultural comparative studies of mathematics education, and students in transition between different sectors of mathematics education (from primary to secondary, from upper secondary to tertiary) with a focus on the emerging achievement disparities related to these transitions. I am also interested in the role of theorizing in mathematics education, in particular in consolidating, integrating and further developing sociological and discourse-analytic approaches.

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Position: LPS Data Co-ordinator for Germany

Contact details:
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Erziehungswissenschaft und Psychologie
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 838 55975
Fax: +49 30 838 55918
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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