Dr. Mike Thomas
B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D., C.Math., F.I.M.A.
I was born in Hereford, UK, and have a BSc (Hons) in Pure Mathematics and MSc and PhD degrees in Mathematics Education, from Warwick University, UK. I am a fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (UK).
I taught mathematics in secondary schools in Britain for 21 years, including 10 years as a Director of Computer Studies. I was at Bablake School in Coventry for 16 years.
I have spent the last 10 years researching and writing about the value of the computer paradigm for enhancing the teaching and understanding of mathematics, working with David Tall and Rolph Schwarzenberger. My PhD, supervised by David Tall at Warwick University, looked at methods of improving children's conceptual understanding of algebra (generalised arithmetic) using programming and computer software to give them a mental model of a variable with which to build and test algebraic concepts.
1972-1993 Teacher of mathematics and computer studies, UK
1993- Lecturer in Mathematics Education
1997- Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education
International Conference on Psychology of Mathematics Education, 1986
International Congress on Mathematics Education, 1988
NZ Mathematics Colloquium 1994
Mathematics Education Research Group Australasia Conference, 94
NZ Assoc. Maths Teachers Conferences, 1993, 95
NZ Assoc. Research in Education Conference, 1995
Committees & Associations
1981-92 Examiner for Joint Matriculation Board, UK, to advanced level
1987- Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications
1990- Chartered Mathematician
1994- Member, Board of Studies, Diploma of Mathematics Education, The University of Auckland
1994-5 Executive member, Auckland Mathematics Association
1994- Computer committee member, Mathematics Department, The University of Auckland
Member of the following associations:
Mathematics Education Research Group Australasia
NZ Association of Mathematics Teachers
Auckland Mathematics Association
NZ Association for Research in Education
Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications
Last updated 16 February 1996
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