Mathematics Education and History of Mathematics

The scientific activities of this area are in two fundamental topics contained in the Italian scientific field MAT/04: mathematics education and the history of mathematics.

The studies and the expertise gained from research in these domains are key for the following applications: teacher training, both in-service and pre-service teachers; the education of mathematics students interested in either research field; the relationships with all jobs related to education.    

Research Topics

Mathematics Education

The research in mathematics education pursued at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pisa deals with difficulties related to the learning and teaching of mathematics. This area has significant connections with all mathematical disciplines – and in particular with epistemological issues – as well as with learning sciences and the psychology of learning.

The team’s specific research interests include: difficulties in mathematics; mathematical competence; problem-solving; teacher training; the use of artifacts in mathematics teaching and learning.

The members of the research group are the scientific coordinators of the research group G.R.S.D.M. (Group for Research and Experimentation in Mathematics Education – which involves more than 50 teachers and researchers coming from various cities in Italy) and of the CARME (https://www.carme.center) Center for Advanced Research on Mathematics Education in Pistoia.

The research group has been involved in the Piano Nazionale Lauree Scientifiche (PLS) since its foundation, and the current national coordinator of PLS is Mirko Maracci.

Members:
  • Anna Ethelwyn Baccaglini-Frank
  • Pietro Di Martino
  • Silvia Funghi
  • Mirko Maracci
  • Alessandro Ramploud
Collaborators:
  • Giuseppe Fiorentino
  • Pier Daniele Napolitani
  • Rosetta Zan
History of Mathematics

Research about the History of Mathematics in our Department concerns mainly the study of Renaissance mathematics and the study of the history of mathematics in the 19th century.

The main issues studied concerning Renaissance mathematics are Archimedes’ mathematical work and its tradition in the Renaissance period; the birth of Algebra; Galileo’s new “natural philosophy”; the completion of the National Edition of Francesco Maurolico’s mathematical work, the digital edition of the Liber Abaci by Leonardo Pisano.

The main issues studied concerning mathematics in the 19th century are the history of differential geometry in the period 1750-1930, the contribution of the Italian mathematicians to this topic, the interaction between mathematics and physics. 

Members:
  • Alberto Cogliati
Collaborators:
  • Paolo d’Alessandro (Università di Roma Tre)
  • Veronica Gavagna (Università di Firenze)
  • Beatrice Sisana (Università di Roma Tre)

Members

Staff
NameSurname Links Personal Card
Anna EthelwynBaccaglini-Frank[Google Scholar] [Orcid]
AlbertoCogliati[Orcid]
PietroDi Martino[Google Scholar] [Orcid]
GiuliaLisarelli[Orcid]
MirkoMaracci[Google Scholar]
Postdoctoral Fellows
NameSurname Links Personal Card
SilviaFunghi
AlessandroRamploud[Orcid]
Ph.D. Students
NameSurname Links Personal Card
ElenaMacchioni
External Collaborators
NameSurname Links Personal Card
GiuseppeFiorentino
Maria AlessandraMariotti
Pier DanieleNapolitani
RosettaZan

Research Projects and Grants

Current
  • GRSDM (Gruppo Ricerca e Sperimentazione in Didattica della Matematica) (TBA)

    Principal Investigator: Pietro Di Martino

    Members of the Research Unit: Anna Baccaglini-Frank, Giuseppe Fiorentino, Mirko Maracci

    Project period: 01/06/2022 - 30/06/2025

  • Neurons, Odorants, Maths, Sleep: get insight into the molecular mechanisms of cognitive impairment (Progetti di Ricerca di Ateneo (PRA) 2020 - 2021)

    Coordinator of the Research Unit: Anna Baccaglini-Frank

    Members of the Research Unit: Enrica Bonanni, Alessandra Braca, Eleonora Da Pozzo, Marinella De Leo, Pietro Di Martino, Guido Flamini, Ferdinando Franzoni, Lorenzo Germelli, Chiara Giacomelli, Claudia Martini, Luisa Pistelli, Maria Letizia Trincavelli

    Project period: 07/07/2020 - 31/12/2022

  • Progetto Lauree Scientifiche – POT 2021 – 2023 (Progetto Lauree Scientifiche)

    Coordinator of the Research Unit: Pietro Di Martino

    Project period: 16/03/2022 - 31/10/2022

  • Center for Advanced Research on Mathematics Education (Centro Studi)

    Principal Investigator: Anna Baccaglini-Frank, Pietro Di Martino

    Project period: -

  • Didattica della Matematica Inclusiva (IPRASE)

    Coordinator of the Research Unit: Anna Baccaglini-Frank

    Members of the Research Unit: Giulia Lisarelli, Federica Poli

    Project period: -

  • DIGiMath (Progetto nazionale per la scuola secondaria di secondo grado)

    Principal Investigator: Giovannina Albano (Università del Salento)

    Members of the Research Unit: Anna Baccaglini-Frank

    Project period: -

  • DynaMat (Prin 2020)

    Principal Investigator: Anna Baccaglini-Frank

    Members of the Research Unit: Pietro Di Martino, Mirko Maracci

    Project period: -

  • PerContare (Progetto di Fondazione ASPHI Onlus per la scuola primaria)

    Coordinator of the Research Unit: Anna Baccaglini-Frank

    Members of the Research Unit: Alessandro Ramploud, Silvia Funghi

    Project period: -

  • Problemi al centro (Progetto nazionale per la scuola primaria)

    Coordinator of the Research Unit: Pietro Di Martino

    Members of the Research Unit: Silvia Funghi, Rosetta Zan

    Project period: -

  • PROmoting STEAM in primary school: partnership for disseminating good practices – ProSTEAM (Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships Key Action 2 Cooperation partnerships in school education)

    Coordinator of the Research Unit: Anna Baccaglini Frank

    Members of the Research Unit: Alessandro Ramploud, Silvia Funghi, Maria Alessandra Mariotti

    Project period: -

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