Britta Eyrich Jessen
Britta Eyrich Jessen

Assistant professor

Member of:

  • Didactics of Mathematics

Projects I have been involved with: 

2020-2023: Project member in TIME (Erasmus+ funded developmental project).

2019-2021:  PI in the research project SIGMA (funded by the Lundbeck Foundation).

2017-2019 : Project member in MERIA (Erasmus+ funded developmental project). 

2017: Project coordinator, ABaCus (collaboration with Tibalo Aps, funded by Ministry of Education, foundation for developent of digital learning ressources, resources for lower secondary mathematics).

2015-2017: Project coordinator in The MathBridge project (Funded by the A.P Møller foundation).

2015 Project coordinator of the status and evaluation report on upper secondary mathematics education in Denmark. The report was funded by the Ministry of Education.

2014: Assisting researcher in a project funded by the Ministry of education on transition issues.

Primary fields of research

In my research I work with:

  • The Anthropological Theory of the Didactics
  • Inquiry Based Mathematics Education as Study and Research Paths
  • Constriants and Conditions for teaching mathematics (ecological analyses)
  • Theory of Didactic Situations
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Professional Development and Lesson Study

My research concerns the development of teaching practices in upper secondary mathematics education. My particular interest is didactics of mathematics as design research, didactical engineering, which means the design and realisation of teaching, including qualitative analyses of the outcomes of the designs. The theoretical framework of my work is the Anthropological Theory of the Didactics (ATD). My main research interest is the development of the design tool "Study and Research Paths" (SRP) and how students develop mathematical knowledge and comptences when engaging in SRPs, e.g. SRPs on mathematical modelling. Furthermore, ATD provides me with notions to study the constraints and conditions of upper secondary mathematics education.

Parts of my work draws on elements from the Theory of Didactic Situations (TDS) and different approaches to modelling. Recently, I have been drawing on Lesson Study as the framework to engage teachers in professional development and more specificly in exploring SRP's in their own teaching. Parts of my work has adressed lower secondary mathematics education and the transition from lower to upper secondary mathematics. 


University teaching:

PhD course on Content Analysis in Mathematics and Science Education - Course responsible and held lecture

Introduction to Science Education (DidG) - teaching the mathematicians, held lectures, course responsible (2016)

Introduction to University Pedagogy (IUP) - Exercises and lectures

Advanced course on Didactics of mathematics  (DidMatV)- held lectures, exercise classes and supervised exam projects 

Master theses (co-supervised),  bachelor projekts (supervise)

Other teaching

Course responsible for "Matematics in change - get stated with the reform" (MiF). In- service course offered in collaboration with the association of upper secondary mathematics teachers (2017-2019).

Member of the mathematics group in Practicum for Upper Secondary Teachers (Gymnasiepædagogikum) and teaches didactics of mathematics to first year in-service teachers in mathematics (2019 - ).

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Teachers learning to design and implement mathematical modelling activities through collaboration

    Jessen, Britta Eyrich, 2020, Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education.. Jankvist, U. T., Van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, M. & Veldhuis, M. (eds.). Freudenthal Group & Freudenthal Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands, p. 1182-1189

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Questioning the world by questioning the exam

    Jessen, Britta Eyrich, 2019, In : Educaçao Matemática Pesquissa . 21, 4, p. 127-141 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The ecology of study and research paths in upper secondary school: The case of Denmark and Japan

    Jessen, Britta Eyrich, Otaki, K., Miyakawa, T., Hamanaka, H., Mizoguchi, T., Shinno, Y. & Winsløw, Carl, 2019, Working with the Anthropological Theory of the Didactic in Mathematics Education: A comprehensive casebook. Bosch, M., Chevallard, Y., Garcia, F. J. & Monaghan, J. (eds.). Routledge, p. 118-138 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Undersøgelsesbaseret matematikundervisning: En introduktion til inspiration

    Jessen, Britta Eyrich, Axelsen, J. & Winsløw, Carl, 2019, Matematiklærerforeningen. 118 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookEducation

  5. Published


    Jessen, Britta Eyrich, 2017, In : Recherches en Didactique des Mathematiques. 37, (2/3), p. 217-245 2.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Study and Research Paths at Upper Secondary Mathematics Education: a Praxeological and Explorative study

    Jessen, Britta Eyrich, 2017, Department of Science Education, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. 214 p. (IND's Skriftserie).

    Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch

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