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Afscheid Birgit Pepin op 2 juni 2023

Afscheidscollege From static to ‘dynamic’ and ‘agentic’ resources in mathematics education

Prof.dr. Birgit Pepin

June 2, 2023

Birgit Pepin (1956) received her MSc in Physics/Meteorology in Kiel, Germany. She subsequently
moved from Germany to France and then to England, where she was educated as a teacher of
mathematics at Oxford University (1990). After some years of teaching mathematics in secondary
schools, she received a scholarship (ESRC) to study mathematics teacher mobility across Europe
for her PhD (1998). During her subsequent career in higher education, she worked as an educator
of mathematics teachers in several UK institutions (e.g. Manchester University) before taking up
her first full professorship in Trondheim, Norway, in 2009. In January 2015, she joined TU/e as
full professor of Mathematics/STEM education at ESoE. Birgit has published widely in prestigious
mathematics education journals and handbooks and has served on (and chaired) many national
and international projects and boards in mathematics education. Internationally, she has been a
visiting professor at the ENS in Lyon, France (three times), and ECNU in Shanghai, China (twice),
and she has been and still is visiting professor of Mathematics Education at NTNU in Trondheim,

About the lecture
In her valedictory lecture, Professor Pepin will look back on her academic career in the UK (where
she lived for 26 years), in Norway, and particularly in the Netherlands. The theme will be the
development and use of mathematics curriculum resources for and by teachers and students.
Mathematics curriculum resources have always played an important role in the teaching and
learning of mathematics both in and out of class. In recent years, curriculum resources have
changed from static and text-based (e.g., textbooks) to dynamic and digital resources. Whilst both
students and teachers can find a plethora of such resources on the web, it is often not clear which
resources to choose (and how to evaluate their quality) or how to design coherent and effective
mathematics learning environments and trajectories with the available resources. Students often
want to be supported in driving their own learning, particularly in innovative (e.g., challengebased)
learning environments. In these environments, teacher and student responsibilities change,
and agency becomes distributed across teachers, students and ‘agentic’ mathematics resources.


Prof.dr. Birgit Pepin was appointed as full professor of Mathematics/STEM Education at the Eindhoven School of Education (ESoE) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) on January 1, 2015.

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