Dr. Trakulphadetkrai's research interests are centred around the use of creative stories to help enhance mathematics and statistics teaching and learning for young children and adult learners respectively. Currently, he leads the MathsThroughStories.org project, an international research consortium of research colleagues from 13 countries around the world, which sets out to investigate various aspects of the integration of creative stories in mathematics and statistics education.
In addition to his lectureship in Primary Mathematics Education at the University of Reading's Institute of Education (UK), Dr. Trakulphadetkrai also currently serves as an executive member of a number of national mathematics education organisations, namely as the Conference Organiser for the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and the UK's Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), the Chair of the Communications Committee for the British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME), as well as the Co-Editor of the Mathematical Association's (MA) Primary Mathematics Journal.
Prior to joining the University of Reading, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai was part of a research team at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London, contributing to a €2 million European Union-funded research project, called 'Creative Little Scientists (CLS): Enabling Creativity through Science and Mathematics in Preschool and First Years of Primary Education', which spans across 9 European countries.
Dr. Trakulphadetkrai completed his PhD on primary teachers' beliefs about mathematics, its teaching and learning at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Paul Andrews, and was examined by Dr. Tim Rowland and Professor Stephen Lerman. His first Master's degree in International and Comparative Education was completed at the University of Oxford; and his second Master's degree in International Public Policy at the University of London's University College London (UCL). He completed his undergraduate primary teacher training degree (with Mathematics specialism) at Brunel University London.
Dr. Trakulphadetkrai is a Bangkok-born British academic of Chinese descent.
The photos in this gallery are part of Dr. Trakulphadetkrai's previous initiative, called the Global Student Education Forum (GSEF), based at the University of Cambridge. While the Forum now ceases to operate, you can learn more about GSEF here.