The Freudenthal Institute

Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Utrecht University

Director: Prof. Jan de Lange


Utrecht University


1. Research; 2. Curriculum development; 3. Assessment; 4. Netwrorking; 5. Information Technology; 6. Professionalization; 7. Local experiments.


To develop a theoretical approach towards the learning and teaching of mathematics known as 'Realistic Mathematics Education'. RME incorporates views on what mathematics is, how students learn mathematics, and how mathematics should be taught.

To develop curricula based on Hans Freudenthal's concept of 'mathematics as a human activity', i.e, students should not be considered as passive recipients of ready-made mathematics, but rather that education should guide the students towards using opportunities to reinvent mathematics by doing it themselves.




N/A. FI runs projects in several countries including the USA

Guiding Principles

 'Realistic Mathematics Education'


Doctoral and Education for Specialists



Improving Teacher Preparation and Professional Development

1: Pre-service Preparation of Elem. and Middle School Teachers

2: Pre-service Preparation of Secondary Mathematics Teachers


Expanding Professional Communities

Conduct a regular series of colloquia, research meetings, and workshops, national and international.


Project Management Plan


Director: Prof. Jan de Lange

Formative Evaluation Plans



Timeline of Project Activities


Runs over fifty projects simultaneously. Examples:

Students' contribution in Realistic Mathematics Education; Wisweb,

Website for secondary school; Mathematics for children with special

Needs; Globetrotters, an experiment on spherical geometry;

ShowMe, center for middle school reform curricula; Research on

 Assessment Practices; Information Technology in secondary

 vocational education



Founded in 1971 by the German/Dutch writer, pedagogue and mathematician, Professor Hans Freudenthal  (1905-1990).