• Education and didactics

Published on December 22, 2021 Updated on January 21, 2022

LDAR - André Revuz Didactics Laboratory

The LDAR (EA 4434) is a host team whose research objective is to study learning, teaching and training processes in the fields of mathematical sciences, material sciences (physics, chemistry) and natural sciences (biology, geology, geography).
CY Cergy Paris Université, Université de Paris, Université Paris Est Creteil , Université de Lille, Université de Rouen Normandie
EA 4434
Research center type
Multi-supervision research unit


Director(s) :

Nearly 50 tenured researchers, 25 affiliated members, and more than 35 doctoral students and post-docs hosted each year


Research topics

As a science didactics research laboratory, the LDAR seeks to provide answers to the following questions: what kinds of knowledge are taught, should be taught? What teaching practices are associated with them? With what resources and for what effects? What activities (learning, in particular) do these kinds of knowledge, these practices lead to in pupils/students?

The scientific identity of the LDAR is driven by the following three areas:

Area 1: Scientific knowledge: nature, circulation, evolution: this area aims to shed light on the dynamics of scientific knowledge (within historical, educational and public spheres), and the production of tools and/or artefacts promoting its understanding and construction. The research used in this area is strongly linked to the epistemology of the disciplines concerned.

Area 2: Pupil and student activities: this area, focussing on the individual who “learns”, includes the study of their difficulties and their strategies during “key” transitions (primary/junior high, junior high/high school, high school/university), and more broadly the study of the activities of pupils and students during didactic transactions.

Area 3: Practices and training of teachers and trainers in sciences: this area promotes the study of the practices of teachers (from primary to tertiary) and trainers on specific disciplines so as to better understand the possible competences and levers.

Field of applications

scientific knowledge, Pupils and students activities, Practices and training of science teachers and trainers

Academic programs

The members of the LDAR that are authorised to supervise research (HDR) are affiliated with two doctoral schools: CYU doctoral school: Education, Didactics, Cognition (ED 627) and University of Paris doctoral school: Knowledge, Science, Education (ED 623)

The LDAR is the laboratory backing the Master’s in Didactics of Science (University of Paris), accredited with the INSPE of Versailles (MEEF 4)


International relations

  • In North America: McGill University (Quebec) - EVEREST project
  • In Latin America: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Valparaíso (Chile)
  • In West Africa: Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences - IMSP, University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
  • In Europe - University of Mons (Belgium)

More details on this link: https://www.ldar.website/partenaires

University collaborations

The LDAR forms various institutional and scientific partnerships

  • Ministry of Education - DEEP - CNESCO
  •  French Institute of Education (Ifé) - Lieux d'Education Associés (Associated Places of Education)
  • Research institutes for the teaching of mathematics and sciences (IREM - IRES)
  • scientific collectives and associations - STIMULI - HOU-CIBDI

Contact information

Address :
Laboratoire de Didactique André Revuz, UFR de mathématiques Université de Paris, Bât Sophie Germain Place Aurélie Nemours 75013 Paris, France
75013 Paris
On the Internet :
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