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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

Dr Tony Harries

Honorary Fellow in the School of Education
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48356

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After completing an honours degree in mathematics and PGCE at Bristol University (1970/72) Dr Harries worked in the primary and secondary sectors both in UK and overseas. He was head of mathematics at a large Bristol comprehensive school before moving to the Higher Education Sector in 1990.

He completed his PhD (1997) at Bristol University and joined the School of Education at Durham in 1999.

He is divisional director for Initial Teacher Training, teaches mathematics education on undergraduate and post graduate programmes, and supervises dissertations at Masters and doctoral level.

Dr. Harries’ research interests are in mathematics education, mostly revolving around the use of information technology in the learning of mathematics, the way that mathematical ideas are represented for young children, children’s approaches to problem solving (in particular word problems). He also has an interest in ways of developing effective partnerships between schools and HEI providers. His research on these themes has been funded by organisations, including DfES, QCA, TTA. He is interested in both quantative and qualitative methods of analysing data and is particularly interested in teacher participation in research studies.
The primary maths team has developed a web site for primary mathematics – based on their ideas about representation:

He would welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students wishing to pursue thesis study in the field of mathematical representations, reasoning and understanding, using IT environments

Completed Supervisions (since 2008)

A Study into the Improvement in the Mathematical Academic Attainment of Low Attainers in Year 7 (11 – 12 year olds) when Accelerated Learning is used as a Teaching Pedagogy in the Classroom

Research Projects

  • Improving Basic Education in Grade 1 in Lesotho: Pilot


Chapter in book

  • Harries, A.V., Barmby, P.W. & Suggate, J. (2008). What's in a picture? Understanding and Representation in Early Mathematics. In Teaching and Learning Early Number. Thompson, I. Open Univesity Press. 160-175.

Journal Article