Date: 27 September 2017
Dr James Russo has been appointed as Editor of MAV’s journal for primary mathematics education, Prime Number. Prime Number has a long history in supporting maths educators with quality advice since 1986.
James has been a regular contributor to Prime Number, and you have probably read some of his articles. He believes in the ‘By teachers, for teachers’ approach that Prime Number supports, providing a voice for teachers to share their practice and ideas with others. James said, “In my opinion, Prime Number looks and feels both highly accessible and extremely professional. I found it a great resource as a teacher before I started writing for it, and have loved the opportunity over the past few years to be able to contribute to what I think is a really terrific endeavor”. Now as editor James will take a lead in the future of this great resource.
James describes himself as a ‘teacher-researcher’ and works with primary school students and pre-service teachers at university. This provides James with depth of insight into teacher practice and the issues faced in mathematics education. James is a researcher both into student learning of mathematics and the experience of teaching mathematics to students. He recently completed his PhD at Monash University whilst working part-time in a mathematics role in a primary school. ‘My main career focus is striving to strengthen connections between research and classroom practice, as well as making primary mathematics more engaging and enjoyable to teach and learn.”
MAV welcomes James to the team, and looks forward to seeing his work in future editions of Prime Number. James is already working on the first edition for release in January 2018. His first article will further outline his vision for how Prime Number can support teachers in future, focusing on bridging the gap between research and practice.