Prof. dr. P.H.M. (Paul) Drijvers

Paul Drijvers is full professor in mathematics education at the Freudenthal Institute of Utrecht University's Science Faculty. His research interests include the role of ICT in mathematics education, mathematical thinking, and embodiment in mathematics education. 


  • Staff Membership ICO Research School
  • Qualification Professeur des Universités awarded by the Conseil National des Universités, Paris, France
  • Senior Qualification Developer of Mathematics Education, Utrecht University


  • Chair of the IPC of the CERME13 conference
  • Member Expert Group CEDRE 2019 mathématiques grade 5 et grade 9 de la DEPP, Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale, Paris, France
  • National representative of ICMI (2016-2024)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Book Series Mathematics Education in the Digital Era

Professional experience 

  • 2014 - present Professor in Mathematics Education, Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University
  • 2020 - 2023 Scientific Director of the Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University
  • 2017 - 2020 Professor in Mathematics Education, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • 2013 - 2017 Scientific Researcher, Cito, Arnhem
  • 2008 - 2014 Associate Professor and Senior Researcher, Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University.
  • Fall 2005 Visiting Associate Professor, Université du Québec à Montreal, Canada.
  • 2000 - 2007 Assistant Professor, Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University, Utrecht
  • 1997 - 2005 In-service teacher trainer, Algemeen Pedagogisch Studiecentrum, Utrecht
  • 1984 - 2000 Pre-service teacher trainer, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
  • 1983 - 1984 University teacher probability and statistics, Technische Universiteit Twente

Recent webinars:

  • Watch Paul's webinar "Math@Distance: distance mathematics teaching during COVID-19 lockdown" on Juli 9, 2020, and the corresponding slides.
  • Watch Paul's webinar "Computational Thinking in the Mathematics Classroom" on August 28, 2020, and the corresponding slides.
  • Watch Paul's webinar on the STEP math achievement study in Belgium on November 12, 2020, and the corresponding slides (in Dutch).

Opening slide webinar Math@Distance, July 9, 2020

Cover Inaugural Lecture

Cover book Arcavi-Drijvers-Stacey (2017)

Cover "Secondary algebra education. Revisiting topics and themes and exploring the unknown."

Cover Handboek Wiskundedidactiek (Handbook Mathematics Didactics)

Teaching using the IWB and the Digital Mathematics Environment

Interviews in Euclides (2015), the Dutch journal for mathematics teachers
Mathematics Education
Inaugural lecture date