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Professor Lianghuo Fan PhD, MSc, PG Cert (Math Ed), DipMath, G.Dip.B.A.

Professor in Education, Head of Mathematics, Science and Health Education Research Centre

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Professor Lianghuo Fan is Professor in Education within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Professor Lianghuo Fan holds a Personal Chair in Education at the University of Southampton. He completed his undergraduate study in mathematics at Ningbo Normal College (now Ningbo University), China, his MSc as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in mathematics education and mathematical history at East China Normal University, Shanghai, and his doctorate in education at the University of Chicago, USA. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from SIM University, Singapore.

Since 1981, Professor Fan has been a mathematics teacher, a mathematics and science department head in high schools, and later a lecturer in a teacher’s college in China for about ten years. Since 1998, Professor Fan was on the faculty of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, before he joined Southampton’s School of Education in 2010.

Professor Fan has a broad and interdisciplinary interest in research areas, including (1) mathematics teaching, learning, and assessment, (2) teacher professional development, (3) mathematics curriculum studies and textbook development, (4) international and comparative education, (5) education policy and sociology, and (6) algorithm of polynomial algebra. He has a wide range of publications in these areas. Over the recent years, Professor Fan has conducted several important research projects. He was the founding principal investigator and currently a collaborator of a major research project, the Singapore Mathematics Assessment and Pedagogy Project (SMAPP) with a total grant of over 1 million Singapore dollars.

Professor Fan has extensive international experience in mathematics curriculum studies and textbook development. He was on the development team of the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, a consultant for both primary and secondary mathematics textbooks published by Shinglee Publishers in Singapore, and currently is Editor-in-Chief of two latest series of mathematics textbooks in Singapore by Multimedia Publications, and China by Zhejiang Education Publishing House, respectively. He was chief organizer of the Forum for All Chinese Mathematics Educators of the 9th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-9, 2000), co-chair of the organizing team for Discussion Group on Mathematics Textbooks of ICME-10 (2004), and co-chair for Discussion Group on Curriculum Reform of ICME-11 (2008). From 2000 to 2006, he also served on the International Programme Committee of the 13th International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) Study on mathematics education in different cultural traditions.

Professor Fan was Chief Editor of The Mathematics Educator (2006-2010), a research journal by the Association of Mathematics Educators, Singapore. Since 2004, he has also served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Mathematics Education, published in China, and since 2007 on the International Advisory Board of Research in Mathematics Education published in the UK. Since 2008, he has served as external examiner for the MSc in Mathematics Education programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Fan has also served as consultant/advisor to governmental and private organizations in mathematics education in a number of countries/regions including Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar, USA, and most frequently, Mainland China.

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Research interests

Mathematics teaching, learning, and assessment, particularly new assessment strategies, self-regulated learning, and the use of ICT in mathematics instruction

Teacher professional development, particularly mathematics teachers' knowledge development

Mathematics curriculum studies and textbook development

International and comparative education, with particular attention to Western countries including UK and US, and Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Singapore

Education policy and sociology, particularly in the area of educational expansion and teacher education

Algorithm of polynomial algebra, particularly polynomial division and its application in classical and computational mathematics.

Research group(s)

Mathematics, Science and Health Education Research Centre

Affiliate research group(s)

Mathematics Education Special Interest Group,Centre for Leadership and Management in Education (CLAME)

Head of Mathematics & Science Education Research Centre

External Services and Memberships

Member, International Advisory Board, Research in Mathematics Education, UK
Member, Editorial Board, The Mathematics Educator, Singapore
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Mathematics Education, China

British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
British Educational Research Association
Association of Mathematics Educators (Singapore)
Educational Research Association (Singapore)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (USA)
American Educational Research Association (USA)



Book Section(s)



  • Modules in Mathematics Education for PGCE, MSc, and MEd programmes.
  • Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE).
  • Supervision of master and doctoral students.
Professor Lianghuo Fan
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:32/2015

Telephone:(023) 8059 4784

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