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

I am a former secondary school mathematics teacher who now works as a Principal Research Lead for the ERDF-funded EDUCATE Project at the UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education (www.educate/london). I lead the research strategy for the project and co-ordinate the research training element of the programme that will reach 250 industry founders of educational technology products and services.

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 level 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 an active 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 LondonMathematical Society. I have served on the Executive Committee for the British Society for the Learning of Mathematics and I co-convene (with Dr Alf Coles) 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

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

My interests concern school mathematics education in general but my particular research interests are focussed 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.

Teaching Summary

Programme leader for the MA (Mathematics Education) Programme (University of Chichester, 2003-2012).
This role included:
  • Design of the programme, to include two periodic review/revalidation cycles in 2003 and 2011.
  • Overall responsibility for the quality of teaching and internal quality review processes.
  • Liaison with national agencies and regional partners for collaborative components of the programme.
  • Development of innovative online modes of delivery
  • Line management of the teaching team.
  • Liaison with the External Examiner.
  • Supervision of 27 MA Dissertations.
Invited lectures on the MA Mathematics Education Programme (UCL Institute of Education, 2013 - current).
Dissertation supervision of students on UCL IOE MA (Mathematics Education) and MA (Education and Technology) programmes (3 completions to date).

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
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Mathematics Education University of London
2000 MA Master of Arts – Mathematics Education University of Chichester
1983 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Chemical Engineering University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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