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Who are we and what is our role in this course?
(Professor Fan) Now let me introduce myself and my team for teaching this course. I’m a Professor in Education and Head of the Mathematics, Science and Health Education Research Center at Southampton Education School, University of Southampton, UK. I would say that I have extensive experience in research and education in China, and USA, Singapore and the UK. I was a school mathematics teacher. I was a maths and science department head in a school and later a lecturer in Teachers’ College in China for about 10 years. Then since 1998 to 2010 I had taught at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. During that time I also served as a founding Principal Investigator of the Singapore maths assessment and pedagogic project.
And I observed many Singapore mathematics classrooms. (John:) Hello I’m Dr. John Schulz and I’m a lecturer in the Southampton Education School. And I focus in two main areas. Firstly I specialised in management in education and in non-profit organisations, but I expect the more relevant area is my expertise in online learning. So I look forward to interacting with you in the forums. (Marcus:) Hello I’m Marcus Grace. I am Professor of Science Education at the Education School here at the University of Southampton. I have many years experience of teaching and in teacher training. I taught in London schools for several years, and I was a head teacher at a school in Tokyo, Japan for quite a long time.
And I’ve also been in charge of the teach training program here at the University of Southampton. (Christian:) Hello my name is Christian Bokhov and I’m an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton. I did my PhD at Utrecht University and that’s in the Netherlands. And I did this with the Freudenthal Institute. You might know them from the realistic mathematics education and a lot of development of mathematics education in the rest of the world. I’ve also been involved in quite a lot of international projects. One for the British Academy for example, where I looked at the curriculum in Hong Kong and Japan and England and looked at comparisons between them.
And I think that all this knowledge can be extremely useful in the remainder of this MOOC. (Charis:) I’m Charis Voutsina. I’m a lecturer in Mathematics Education and work within the Mathematics, Science and Health Education Research Center at the University of Southampton. My research focuses on exploring how young children develop their understanding of early mathematics concepts, and how they apply this understanding when developing and using problem-solving strategies. In this course I’m presenting selected examples of world problems modelled through the use of the Singapore Bar Model method.
This is a method that can be helpful in modeling the relations between unknown and known quantities in a problem, and so it can help students identify the appropriate solution steps and operations that they need to apply in order to solve the problem.

In this video, all the educators will introduce themselves and their roles in the course.

Professor Lianghuo Fan is a Professor in Education and Head of the Mathematics, Science and Health Education Research Centre at Southampton Education School, University of Southampton, UK. From 1998 to 2010, Professor Fan had taught at the National Institute of Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He also has extensive experience in education and research in China and the USA.

Dr John Schulz is the Director of the Video & Digital Media Studio and a Principal Teaching Fellow within Southampton Education School, University of Southampton. Besides teaching a wide variety of MSc and Doctoral programmes within the school, John is leading the online Masters programme.

Marcus Grace is Professor of Science Education and the Head of the Southampton Education School, University of Southampton. Marcus was the Director of the Mathematics and Science Learning Centre for the South-East of England. He also taught science and maths in London schools and was Principal at a Berlitz school in Japan for five years.

Dr Christian Bokhove is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton. Christian obtained his PhD at the Freudenthal Institute, and is a specialist on the use of ICT in mathematics education. From 2014 to 2017 he led a British Academy project on geometry education in England, Japan and Hong Kong. Christian will be the course facilitator and you can follow his profile.

Dr Charis Voutsina is Lecturer in Mathematics Education within Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton. She has taught in primary schools and early years settings in Greece and England. She studied for a Postgraduate in Systems of Learning and Systems of Evaluation at the University of Aix-Marseille I in France and for a PhD in Mathematics Education at the University of Southampton. In 2004 she was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship which allowed her to further extend her PhD research on young children’s problem solving approaches in mathematics and the processes of procedural and conceptual change that underpin the development of children’s problem solving strategies. Funded research projects have included work funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

And what about you?

We’d really like to learn something about you. Tell us a bit about who you are and about your background in the comments.

• Do you have a professional background in education?

• Have you taught mathematics anywhere?

• How much do you already know about Asian maths teaching methods?

• Why are you interested in how maths is taught in Asia?

• What are you hoping to get out of the course?

During the week, the course educators will also post their contributions.

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