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Prof Alison Clark-Wilson
UCL Knowledge Lab (2nd Floor)
UCL Institute of Education
23-29 Emerald Street
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  • Professorial Research Fellow
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a former secondary school mathematics teacher who now works as a Professorial Research Associate at UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education.

I am the Research Engagement and Impact Lead for IOE-CCM and the Department's Connected Learning Lead.

I co-ordinate UCL's founding partnership within the European EdTech Network (www.eetn.eu) that brings together EdTech experts, innovators, higher-education professionals and students, in order to connect the best specialists with the most creative minds from all over the Europe and provide them with the most relevant EdTech content, to foster innovation in the field of higher education on the European market.

Between 2017-19 I was the Principal Research Lead for the ERDF-funded EDUCATE Project at the UCL Knowledge Lab. I led the research strategy for the project and co-ordinated the research training element of the programme that reached 252 industry founders of educational technology products and services, which had the main goal to break down barriers between educational research community (and its knowledge base) and industry.

In 2017, I completed (as Co Principal Investigator with Celia Hoyles) a three-year project funded by the Nuffield Foundation on "Digital pedagogies for mathematics teaching", which extends the earlier Cornerstone Maths project (2012-14) funded by Li Ka Shing Foundation. (www.ucl.ac.uk/cornerstone-maths).

My role prior to joining UCL Knowledge Lab was Programme Lead of a large Master's course in mathematics education, which involved online and off-site delivery in collaboration with five different Local Authority Education Departments. In addition, I led a number of government and industry-funded teacher and curriculum development projects involving the use of innovative mathematical technologies. 

I directed the UK evaluation of Texas Instruments’ TI-Nspire handheld technology and the European evaluation of their TI-Nspire TI-Navigator network classroom system. From 2009-2012 I was the project lead partner in the EU Comenius funded project ‘EdUmatics’, which involved 20 Partners from seven EU countries (www.edumatics.eu).

I have edited and authored 3 books, the most recent of which is The Mathematics Teacher in the Digital Age (with Ornella Robutti and Nathalie Sinclair, published by Springer Nature in 2014). This continues to be the most successful book in its series (Mathematics Education in the Digital Era) with over 23,000 downloads as of November 2018. A second edition is in development.

I am a member and former Trustee of both The Mathematical Association and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Member of the London Mathematical Society. I have served on the Executive Committee for the British Society for the Learning of Mathematics and I am a former co-convenor of the Mathematics Education SIG for the British Educational Research Association.

Personal country knowledge

  • South Africa - Mathematics Teacher Development, Digital Technologies in Mathematics Education
  • Kenya - Mathematics Teacher Development, Digital Technologies in Mathematics Education
  • USA - Digital Technologies in Mathematics Education

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Research Summary

My primary research interests concern school mathematics education with particular focus on: the design and use of mathematical digital technologies; the related professional development experiences for teachers; and the impact of such technologies on mathematical thinking. This is set within the context of (mainly secondary) mathematics departments in the digital age. These themes are related to the wider issues concerning the 'scaling-up' of educational innovations for school mathematics that involve digital technologies.

Additionally my close engagement with national and international policy groups, the educational technology sector and the wider education sector has led to a more recent focus on issues relating to the translation and impact of academic research within educational technology. In particular the development of learning cultures and communities to bridge gaps between the research community and a broad range of research users.

Teaching Summary

Completed doctoral students

Anissa Moeini (2020)

Ali Simsek (2020)

Dissertation supervision of students on UCL IOE MA (Mathematics Education) and MA (Education and Technology) programmes (UCL Institute of Education 2013 - ).

Programme leader for the MA (Mathematics Education) Programme (University of Chichester, 2003-2012).

01-JAN-2001 – 31-AUG-2012 Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education The Mathematics Centre, School of Education University of Chichester, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1999 – 31-DEC-2000 Advanced Skills Teacher of Mathematics Mathematics Davison High School for Girls, Worthing, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1996 – 31-AUG-1999 Teacher of Mathematics with responsibility for IT Mathematics City of Portsmouth Girls School, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1996 – 31-AUG-1999 Head of Mathematics Mathematics Admiral Lord Nelson School, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011   PRINCE2 Foundation Level APMG-UK
2010   Doctor of Philosophy University of London
2000   Master of Arts University of Chichester
1983   Bachelor of Science University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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