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The University of Southampton
Southampton Education School

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

Associate Professor

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

Keith specialises in Mathematics Education with expertise in the teaching and learning of geometric and spatial reasoning, the teaching and learning of proof and proving (usually in geometry), and the use of digital technologies in mathematics education (especially in geometry). He also researches the initial and continuing professional development of mathematics teachers. His research spans all levels of education from primary school, through secondary school, to university level. Most of Keith publications can be read using the links on his publications list below or on his ResearchGate profile. For Keith’s latest research news, follow him on Twitter.

Keith co-led the first International Conference on Mathematics Textbook Research and Development that was held at Southampton in 2014, attended by over 170 delegates from more than 30 countries and now an internationally established research conference series. He is an invited member of the UK Advisory Group for the Cambridge Mathematics initiative and the ESRC Peer Review College. He is Editor of the journal Research in Mathematics Education, on the Editorial Boards of the journals Educational Studies in Mathematics, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and International Journal of Technology in Mathematics Education, and, in recent years, has co-edited Special Issues of the journals ZDM Mathematics Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and Teaching Mathematics and its Applications. He has led and worked on projects funded by the EU, ESRC, QCDA, and the TDA.

Keith’s recent invited keynotes include one on strategies for globalizing research in the educational sciences at the prestigious annual conference of the Japan Society for Science Education (2018) and other keynotes in Germany, Poland and Thailand at prestigious Mathematics Education conferences.

Keith works collaboratively with colleagues around the world, especially Japan, China, and many European countries. Keith publishes widely, including books, book chapters, journal articles, and research reports. For any mathematician reading this, his Erdös Number is three.

Keith began his career after a PGCE in mathematics education (with his tutor being Margaret Brown, one-time President of BERA) and took his first teaching post in London (in a school where author Michael Marland was Headteacher and Dylan Wiliam, now Emeritus Professor, was his Head of Department). His research involvement began with a project with Celia Hoyles, now Dame Celia Hoyles, and Ros Sutherland, latterly Professor at the University of Bristol. Following his first post at UCL Institute of Education, he joined the University of Southampton – which gave him the chance to work with Profs Geoffrey Howson, Brian Griffiths and Keith Hirst, and with international colleagues in New Zealand (though a one-semester secondment to the University of Auckland) and in Japan and China through exchanges and study visits.

Keith initiated, and co-ordinated for 10 years, the Geometry Education Group for the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM), and, for the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME), he led the group on Technology in Mathematics Education from 2000-2003 and co-led the group on Geometry Education from 2015-2020. He has been 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), the teaching of mathematical proof (2009-12), and the design of mathematics tasks (2010-14).

For Keith, a particular attraction of Southampton is being able to cycle to the University across Southampton Common each day, all year round. He finds the city a lovely place to live and work, with forest, sea, historic towns, and country pubs and restaurants all within easy reach. This gives him many things to enjoy with his family, including swimming, cycling, walking, theatre, music, and socialising.

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

Previously invited member of the EPPI Review Group on mathematics education, and of the South-east Regional Advisory Group of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)

Previously elected member of the Executive Committee of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics and of the International Committee of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME), plus previous editor of the PME Newsletter

Professional Memberships

  • British Educational Research Association
  • British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
  • European Society for Research in Mathematics Education
  • International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

Editorial Board Memberships

  • Educational Studies in Mathematics
  • International Journal of Technology in Mathematics Education
  • Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Research in Mathematics Education

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

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