Professor Celia Hoyles

    • OBE PhD, BSc (Hons), MEd, FIMA, AcSS
    • Professor of Mathematics Education
    • Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
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  • Summary:
    • Interests: policy, research, students' conceptions of proof, mathematical skills in modern workplaces, computational environments for learning and sharing mathematics and systemic change in teaching mathematics.

      • 2004-2007 Government Chief Adviser for Mathematics
      • 2007-13 Director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
      • 2004 International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) Hans Freudenthal medal
      • 2004 Made Officer of the British Empire
      • 2011 Royal Society Kavli Education Medal
      • Hon Doctorates awarded by the Open University 2006, Loughborough University 2008, and Sheffield Hallam University, 2011
      • 2014-2015 President of the Institute of the Mathematics and its Applications
      • 2014 Made Dame Commander of the British Empire.
  • Teaching:
    • Masters and PhD teaching in Mathematics Education
  • Research:
  • Postgraduate Research:
    • Research Theses supervised (some jointly) by Prof Celia Hoyles:
      • Sutherland, Rosamund (1988)
      • Robins, Keith (1989)
      • Bamfield, Moira Catherine (1989)
      • Evans, Richard (1991)
      • Garnier, Rowan (
      • Dowrick, Nicholas (1992)
      • Ursini-Legovich, Sonia (1994)
      • Magina, Sandra (1994)
      • Morgan, Candia Ruth (1995)
      • Correia Dias, Angela Alvares (1996)
      • Gomes Ferreira, Veronica Gitirana (1997)
      • Anakwue, Festus Onyeama (1997)
      • Morais de Lira, Ana Karina (2000)
      • Healy, Siobhan (Lulu) (2002)
      • Chua, Boon Liang (MME) (2014).
  • Professional Activities:
    • • 2003 Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (FIMA)
      • 2004 OBE (for services to mathematics education)
      • 2004 International Commission of Mathematics Instruction (ICMI) Hans Freudenthal medal, first recipient
      • 2004–7 director of the National Centre of Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
      • 2006 Hon Doctorate of Philosophy, the Open University
      • 2008 Hon Doctorate of Science, Loughborough University
      • 2009 Academician of the Social Sciences (AcSS)
      • 2010 Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne
      • 2010 Canotta Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in Mathematics Education, 2009-10 University of Hong Kong
      • 2010 Distinguished Visitor, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University
      • 2011 Royal Society Kavli Education Medal in recognition of a distinguished contribution to science or mathematics education & outstanding contribution to research; first recipient
      • 2011 Foreign Fellow of the Union of Bulgarian Mathematicians in recognition of her outstanding contributions to international achievement in the area of mathematics education and technology
      • 2013-14 Visiting Professor, University of Auckland
      • 2014 Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
      • 2014-15 president of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
      • Honorary Doctorates by: The Open University (2006), Loughborough University (2008) and Sheffield Hallam University (2011).
  • Conferences/presentations:
    • 2002 Herbert Spencer lecture series, University of Oxford.

      2005 British Congress of Mathematics Education, (BCME6) & also BCME1 in 1985.

      2006 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) St Louis USA.

      2007 First joint conference German mathematicians (DMV) and mathematics educators (GDM), Berlin.

      2007 Frontiers of Mathematical Education, Royal Academy of Sciences of Madrid and the Higher Council for Scientific Research.

      2007 Research Paradigms on Teaching and Learning of Proof, Providence,USA.

      2008 International Congress on Mathematical Education, (ICME) Mexico.

      2009 Paradigms in Mathematical Education for the 21st Century, Valencia, Casa Asia & Spanish Higher Council for Scientific Research.

      2010 ICMI Study on the Educational Interfaces between Mathematics and Industry (EIMI Study), Oct, Lisbon.

      2010 Constructing and Collaborating through ICT, two examples, two perspectives, the 15th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM 2010:, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 17-21, 2010.

      2011 Transforming Mathematics Learning with Digital Technologies, March, Bulgaria.
  • Languages Spoken:
    • French (basic)
Professor Celia Hoyles

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  • Hoyles, C (2013) TES-Maths Podcast-4 Online <>
  • Hoyles, C., Bakker, A., Kent, P. and Noss, R. (2007) 'Attributing meanings to representations of data: The case of statistical process control', Mathematical Thinking and Learning 9(4), 331-360.
    Further information
  • Noss, R. and Hoyles, C. (2009) 'The Technological Mediation of Mathematics and Its Learning', Human Development, (special issue: 'Giving Meaning to Mathematical Signs: Psychological, Pedagogical and Cultural Processes') Vol 52, No 2, April, 129-147.
    Further information
  • Hoyles. C. and Lagrange J-B. (eds) (2009) Mathematics Education and Technology- Rethinking the terrain. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Hoyles, C. Noss, R., Kent,P. and Bakker, A. (2010) Improving Mathematics at Work: The need for techno-mathematical literacies . London: Routledge.
  • Kilpatrick, J., Hoyles, C., Skovsmose, O. (eds.) in collaboration with Valero, P. (2005) Meaning in Mathematics Education. New York: Springer.
  • Küchemann, D. and Hoyles, C. (2009) 'From empirical to structural reasoning in mathematics: tracking changes over time' In D.A. Stylianou, M.L. Blanton, and E.J. Knuth (eds), Teaching and Learning Proof Across the Grades K-16 Perspective. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Noss, R., Hoyles, C., Mavrikis, M., Geraniou, E., Gutierrez-Santos, S. and Pearce, D. (2009) 'Broadening the sense of 'dynamic': a microworld to support students' mathematical generalisation', The International Journal on Mathematics Education Issue 4, Special Issue, Zentralblatt für Didaktik der Mathematik, 493-503.
  • Hoyles, C. and Noss, R. (2008) 'Next Steps in Implementing Kaput's research Programme', Educational Studies in Mathematics 68(2), 85-94.
    Further information
  • Noss, R., Bakker, A., Hoyles, C., and Kent, P. (2007) 'Situating graphs as workplace knowledge', Educational Studies in Mathematics 65, 3, 367-384.
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  • Selected publications