Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education

2020 Edition
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Didactic Transposition in Mathematics Education

  • Yves ChevallardEmail author
  • Marianna Bosch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15789-0_48


The process of didactic transposition refers to the transformations an object or a body of knowledge undergoes from the moment it is produced, put into use, selected, and designed to be taught until it is actually taught in a given educational institution. The notion was introduced in the field of didactics of mathematics by Yves Chevallard (1985, 1992b). It highlights the fact that what is taught at school is originated in other institutions, constructed in concrete practices, and organized in particular sets of objects. In the case of mathematics or any other subject, the taught knowledge, the concrete practices and bodies of knowledge proposed to be learned at school, originates from what is called the scholarly knowledge, generally produced at universities and other scholarly institutions, also integrating elements taken from a variety of related social practices. When one wishes to “transpose” a body of knowledge from its original habitat to school, specific work...


Anthropological theory of the didactic Scholarly knowledge Knowledge to be taught Institutional transposition Noosphere Ecology of knowledge Reference epistemological models 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aix-Marseille UniversitéMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Apprentissage Didactique, Evaluation, Formation, UMR ADEF – Unité Mixte de RechercheMarseilleFrance
  3. 3.IQS School of ManagementUniversitat Ramon LlullBarcelonaSpain