On Thursday 8th November 2018, Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education) was invited to take part in the Pearson roundtable discussion on key issues facing mathematics in Britain today.

In his role as Founder of MathsThroughStories.org, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai used his talk to highlight and advocate for an innovative mathematics learning approach, namely learning mathematics by creating mathematical story picture books, to his audience. Drawing from the findings of his pilot research on this topic, he showed how promising this pedagogical approach could be.

Dr. Trakulphadetkrai was joined by two mathematics teachers in this roundtable discussion, which was chaired by Ann Mroz (Editor of Times Educational Supplement). The event was held at Pearson’s headquarter in central London, and attended by representatives of educational organisations in both the public and private sectors.

MathsThroughStories.org is a non-profit research-based initiative which sets out to highlight the benefits of teaching and learning mathematics through storytelling and to offer practical ideas on how to embrace this approach. Since its launch in March 2017, MathsThroughStories.org has been viewed over 200,000 times by more than 35,000 teachers and parents from over 160 countries.

Pearson Education, established in 1998, is a British-owned education publishing and assessment service to schools and corporations. Its parent company, Pearson PLC, is the world’s largest book publisher with over $5 billion sale in 2016.