Researching Living/Lived Mathematical Work


  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria



phenomenology, ethnomethodology, mathematics, living work, work accounts


In qualitative research, accounts of experience are often taken for the experience itself despite ample phenomenological research that has articulated the difference between the living presence and the presence of the present, which requires representation. In this contribution, I provide practical examples that exhibit the difference between two aspects of mathematics that form an irreducible pair: living/lived mathematical work and accounts of mathematical work. Directions for the future practice of research are provided. URN:


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Author Biography

Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria

Wolff-Michael ROTH is Lansdowne Professor of Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Victoria. He conducts transdisciplinary research on knowing and learning across the life span, mostly focusing on mathematical and scientific content. His recent publications include Talk about Careers in Science (2010, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers; edited with Pei-Ling HSU), Language, Learning, Context (2010, London: Routledge), Analyzing Communication: Praxis of Method (2010, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers; with Pei-Ling HSU), Dialogism: A Bakhtinian Perspective on Science and Learning (2009, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers), and Mathematical Representation at the Interface of Body and Culture (2009, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, edited).




How to Cite

Roth, W.-M. (2010). Researching Living/Lived Mathematical Work. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(1).

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