Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Lecturer in Primary Mathematics Education, University of Reading’s Institute of Education) has recently been elected as the new Co-Convenor of the British Educational Research Association’s (BERA) Mathematics Education Special Interest Group (SIG). This three-year term will primarily involve helping BERA to organise its annual conference by assigning submitted conference abstracts relating to mathematics education to reviewers and timetabling mathematics education research presentations. Moreover, the role will also involve organising an annual mathematics teachers’ research showcase event. Due to the size and scope of the SIG, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai will be sharing his role with Dr. Alison Clark-Wilson (Principal Research Associate, UCL Institute of Education) and Dr. Colin Foster (Reader in Mathematics Education, Loughborough University).
In his Expression of Interest statement, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai wrote: “I would like to become the Convenor of BERA’s Mathematics Education Special Interest Group (ME-SIG), because I am passionate in supporting researchers to communicate about their research widely and accessibly. In my role as the Research Communications Director of the University of Reading’s Institute of Education, my job is to support both experienced and early career researchers as well as doctoral students to share their research within and beyond the world of academia. If given the opportunity to convene the ME-SIG, I will apply the same passion in research communications to encourage and support more mathematics education researchers in the UK and abroad to use the BERA conference, blog and magazine as their key platforms to disseminate their mathematics education research.”
In addition to his lectureship, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai is also the founder of MathsThroughStories.org, a non-profit international initiative set out to encourage teachers and parents globally to teach mathematics using story picture books. Moreover, he also currently serves as an executive committee member and trustee of the UK Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM). Previously, he has served as an executive committee member of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM); as Chair of the British Congress of Mathematics Education’s (BCME) Communications Committee as well as Co-Editor of the Mathematical Association’s (MA) Primary Mathematics Journal.
Since its inception in 1974, BERA has become the UK’s largest education research association. Every September, it organises the country’s largest education research conference attracting conference delegates from within the UK and internationally (800+ conference delegates and 500+ presenters). BERA also publishes the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ), British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET), Curriculum Journal (CJ) and Review of Education (RoE).