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Southampton Education School
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Mr Keith Jones BSc, DIS, MSc, MA (Ed), PGCE

Associate Professor

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Mr Keith Jones is Associate Professor within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton.

Keith Jones specialises in Mathematics Education, in particular the acquisition and use of mathematical knowledge in different cultural settings, the development of mathematical reasoning, the promotion of visual and spatial thinking, and the integration of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Keith publishes widely, including books, book chapters, journal articles, and research reports. For any mathematician reading this, his says his Erdös Number is three.

Keith began his career with a PGCE in mathematics education (with Margaret Brown as his tutor) and took his first teaching post in London (in a school where Michael Marland was Headteacher and Dylan Wiliam was Head of Mathematics). His research involvement began with a project with Celia Hoyles and Ros Sutherland. Following his first post at the Institute of Education, he joined the University of Southampton – which gave him the chance to work with Geoffrey Howson, Brian Griffiths and Keith Hirst, and then with international colleagues in Japan and most recently China.

Beyond his University work, Keith co-ordinates the Geometry Group for the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and, from 2000-2003, he led the group on Technology for the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME). He is active internationally, being an invited member of the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) research reviews on the teaching of geometry (1995-8), the teaching of mathematics at university level (1998-2001), the use of technology in mathematics education (2006-9), and, currently, the teaching of mathematical proof (2009-12).

Keith is on the editorial board of the journal Research in Mathematics Education and is a reviewer for a number of other scientific journals in mathematics education. He has led and worked on projects funded by the EU, ESRC, QCDA, and the TDA.

For Keith, a particular attraction of Southampton is being able to cycle to the University across Southampton Common – everyday, all year round. He finds the city a lovely place to live and work, with sea, forest, historic towns, and country pubs all within easy reach. This gives him lots of things to enjoy with his family, even though his two sons now surpass him at football, swimming, cycling and music.

External Activities

Invited member of the ERSC Peer-review College, and invited reviewer for the National Research Foundation of South Africa, the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Invited member of the EPPI review group on mathematics education

Invited member of the Advisory Board of the James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA

Invited member of the South-east Regional Advisory Group of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)


Association of Mathematics Education Teachers
Association of Teachers of Mathematics
British Educational Research Association
British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
European Society for Research in Mathematics Education [founder member]
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Mathematical Association

Awards & Memberships

Advisory Board James J Kaput Centre for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA

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Working Papers

Mathematics PGCE
Institutional Management and Leadership for professional development MA (Ed)
Dissertation through Flexible Study MA (Ed)
Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

PhD Students

Mohammad Alazmi: Effectiveness of curricula in improving the competences of mathematically gifted students in primary schools in Kent

Raja Bahatheg (awarded): How the introduction of Montessori Sensorial Material supports creative problem solving activities in the pre-school Saudi classroom

Mr Keith Jones
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number: 32/2047

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3556

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