I am Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Mathematics Education and Outstanding Returnee Scholar at Jiangxi Normal University (JXNU), China. Prior to this, I have worked as a maths and English teacher, Chinese-English interpreter, research assistant in maths education and part-time lecturer  in maths education chronologically.

Passionate about education in general and mathematics education in specific, I came to Southampton in 2010 after eleven years of work in China, first on a MA (merit) programme and then a PhD under the supervision of Prof. David Reynolds. In the MA dissertation (2011, distinction), I compared the geometry curricula of England and China with the supervision from Prof. Keith Jones. My PhD study (2016) focused on the effectiveness of mathematics teaching (EMT) in primary schools in England and China. It has generated much publicity since the 2014 BERA press release. The complete report of the EMT project is now published as:

Miao, Z. & Reynolds, D. (2018). The effectiveness of mathematics teaching in primary schools: Lessons from England and China. London and New York: Routledge.


  • Effectiveness & Improvement of Maths Education
  • Educational Effectiveness, Equity and Improvement
  • Curricula, Textbooks, Assessment and Evaluation
  • International Comparisons & Collaborations in Education
  • Philosophy and Methodology of Educational Research


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
  • Comparative & International Education Society (CIES)
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
  • International Congress for School Effectiveness & Improvement (ICSEI)
  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)