Paul Ernest is emeritus professor of philosophy of mathematics education at Exeter University, UK, where he founded and directed the doctoral and masters programmes in mathematics education.
Paul Ernest is known for his research and conference contributions and he has published over 300 papers, chapters and books ranging across the fields of education and philosophy. His books include The Philosophy of Mathematics Education, Routledge 1991, cited in 1200 publications, and Social Constructivism as a Philosophy of Mathematics, SUNY Press, 1998. These have proved to be very controversial because they propose that mathematical knowledge is a socially constructed human invention. His theories of learning and views of the aims of teaching mathematics have also generated controversy.
Paul Ernest’s research continues to address fundamental questions about the nature of mathematics and how it relates to teaching, learning and society.
Paul Ernest founded and edits the Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, located at www.ex.ac.uk/~PErnest/. Special issues since 2000 have included two on Social Justice in Mathematics Education, one on Mathematics and Art and another on Critical Mathematics Education. His publication details can be found at his website.
Paul Ernest continues to lecture at conferences around the globe and is active in the research communities in his fields. Comprehensive details of his cited publications can be found at his author profile on Google scholar.
Paul Ernest graduated from Sussex University in mathematics and philosophy, and went on to earn his masters and doctoral degrees from London University. He spent 3 years as a mathematics teacher in a London state school in the late 1970s, before taking up a series of academic appointments culminating with the chair at Exeter University. He is currenly a visiting professor at Oslo, Brunel and Liverpool Hope universities.