We are delighted to announce that Professor Mike Askew has been elected President of The Mathematical Association for 2018–2019.
Currently, Mike is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has previously been head of Primary Education at Monash University, Melbourne, Professor of Mathematics Education at King’s College, London and Director of BEAM Education. He also spent a year as Visiting Distinguished Scholar at City University in New York.
Mike has taught at all levels in higher education, and is particularly interested in making research findings on teaching and learning accessible to teachers. This has led to his returning to the primary classrooms of his early career to teach and confirm research findings for himself. He now researches, speaks and writes on teaching and learning primary mathematics. Mike has written extensively both for teachers and the research community. His books include Teaching Primary Mathematics: A Guide for Students and Newly Qualified Teachers, Recent Research in Mathematics Education (with Dylan Wiliam), and The Numeracy File (with Sheila Ebbutt). He and Sheila also devised and wrote the innovative mathematics scheme, Numeracy Focus. Mike writes regularly for professional journals and magazines including Teach Primary and Junior Education.
Mike led the writing of the influential research report Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools (Teacher Training Agency) and has directed a number of research projects including Raising Attainment in Numeracy and Mental Calculations: Interpretations and Implementation. He was deputy director of the 5-year Leverhulme Numeracy Research Programme that examined teaching, learning and progression in number from age 5 to age 11. He is now turning his hand to popular mathematics and is co-author of Maths for Mums and Dads and associated titles, as well as The Bedside Book of Geometry.