What mathematicians learn from attending other mathematicians’ lectures

Keith Weber, Timothy Fukawa-Connelly

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Mathematicians frequently attend their peers’ lectures to learn new mathematical content. The goal of this paper is to investigate what mathematicians learned from the lectures. Our research took place at a 2-week workshop on inner model theory, a topic of set theory, which was largely comprised of a series of lectures. We asked the six workshop organizers and seven conference attendees what could be learned from the lectures in the workshop, and from mathematics lectures in general. A key finding was that participants felt the motivation and road maps that were provided by the lecturers could facilitate the attendees’ future individual studying of the material. We conclude by discussing how our findings inform the development of theory on how individuals can learn from lectures and suggest interesting directions for future research.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)123-139
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Studies in Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Mathematics(all)


  • Lectures
  • Mathematical practice
  • Motivation


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