NEWS – Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (IoE Director of Research Communications) invited to celebrate Education Media Centre’s fifth anniversary at the House of Lords
Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Director of Research Communications at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education) was invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of a charity, called Education Media Centre (EMC) at the House of Lords on Thursday 22nd November 2018.
Founded in 2013, EMC sets out to help journalists reach relevant evidence and research, and connect them with academic experts who are “clear, knowledgeable and media-friendly”.
Hosted by EMC’s Founding Patron, Baroness Estelle Morris (former Secretary of State for Education), the celebration was attended by over 30 representatives of charities, academic institutions, research centres, think tanks and companies within the education sector in the UK.
During the drinks reception, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai had a chance to privately speak to Baroness Estelle Morris about ways to get education research into the Parliament.
He was joined by Pete Castle from the University’s Research Communications office at this event.
EMC’s Founding Patron, Baroness Estelle Morris, giving an opening remark
Fran Abrams (EMC’s Chief Executive) explaining the history and future plans of EMC
EMC’s Founding Patron, Baroness Estelle Morris, with Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Director of Research Communications at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education)
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 give a talk at the Pearson roundtable discussion on key issues facing mathematics in Britain today. The event was held at Pearson's headquarter in London.
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.
Dr. Trakulphadetkrai's key arguments are subsequently highlighted in the post-event report below and can be accessed in full here. Moreover, two short videos featuring Dr. Trakulphadetkrai talking about his MathsThroughStories.org initiative and his talk at the Roundtable event can also be watched here and here respectively.
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.
NEWS – Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (IoE Director of Research Communications) invited to share IoE research communications activities with Research Division Leads
On Wednesday 7th November 2018, Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai (Director of Research Communications at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education) was invited to share the Institute’s research communications activities with Research Division Leads (RDLs) from across the University’s Prosperity & Resilience (P&R) research theme at the theme’s termly meeting.
Led by Professor Adrian Bell, the P&R research theme is the largest of the University’s five research themes and is made up of 11 research divisions. Six of these divisions are affiliated with Henley Business School (Business Informatics Systems, and Accounting; ICMA Centre International Business Association; Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour; Marketing and Reputation; Real Estate and Planning), with the other five divisions being Economics, Global Development, Law, Politics and International Relations, as well as our research division of Education, Language, and Learning (ELL).
As the idea of having the Director of Research Communications (DRC) role specific to a research division is a new and innovative idea, not least because this role is served by a research / academic member of staff (as opposed to a Communications professional), Dr. Trakulphadetkrai’s presentation generated a lot of interest and questions from RDLs.
Dr. Trakulphadetkrai has since met up with two of the RDLs at their request to offer them one-to-one support, specifically in thinking strategically about how some of the research communications activity ideas within the ELL research division could be transferred to theirs. He has also been invited by one of the RDLs to inspire their research staff to become more actively engaged in communicating about their research to non-academic audiences at their Research Away Day in Spring 2019.