Dr Zhenzhen Miao is Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education and Outstanding Returnee Scholar at Jiangxi Normal University (JXNU), China. Prior to this, she had worked as a Mathematics and English teacher, Chinese-English interpreter, research assistant and part-time assistant professor in mathematics education chronologically.

Passionate about education in general and mathematics education in particular, Zhenzhen came to Southampton in 2010 after a decade of work in China, first on a Masters programme and then a PhD under the supervision of Prof. David Reynolds. In her Masters dissertation (2011), Zhenzhen compared the geometry curricula of England and China with the supervision from Prof. Keith Jones. In her PhD study (2016), Zhenzhen 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, Equity and Improvement of Mathematics Education
  • Curricula, Textbooks, Assessment and Evaluation
  • International Comparisons and Collaborations in Education
  • Philosophy, Methodology and Innovation of Educational Research


  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI)


  • Primary Mathematics Teaching & Learning Committee of Jiangxi Province, China