Paul Drijvers (1958) is professor in Mathematics Education. and Mathematics. His chair at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht started in mid-2017 under the motto "Mathematical thinking in an instrumented society". He combines this professorship with a professorship in Mathematics Education at Utrecht University’s Freudenthal Institute.
After obtaining a master’s degree in mathematics, Paul worked as a teacher educator in mathematics at the Hogeschool van Arnhem and Nijmegen. He also worked at the Algemeen Pedagogisch Studiecentrum on designing and delivering in-service professional development activities for mathematics teachers, particularly aimed at integrating digital resources into education. In 2003, he obtained his PhD at Utrecht University with a thesis entitled "Learning algebra in a computer algebra environment". An important outcome is that the use of ICT in mathematics education is not as simple as it seems, but involves a subtle interplay between technical and mathematical skills. Gradually, Paul started working more at the Freudenthal Institute, where he was appointed professor in 2014. He also worked as a researcher and assessment expert at Cito.
Key research themes in his work are the use of digital resources in mathematics education and the learning and teaching of mathematical ways of thinking. The latter, mathematical thinking, is also one of the foci in the new curricula for upper secondary mathematics in the Netherlands, in the development of which he was closely involved and which were implemented nationwide in 2015.