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iana Coben

Professor Diana Coben

Role: Professor of Education and Director, National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults
Department: Maths, Science and Technology Education
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Webpage: http://education.waikato.ac.nz/about/faculty-staff/?user=dccoben

Email: dccoben@waikato.ac.nz

Research Expertise

  • Adult numeracy
  • Professional development of adult educators
  • The politics of adult education from an international comparative perspective

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Adult numeracy
  • Professional development of adult educators
  • The politics of adult education from an international comparative perspective
  • Supervision of postgraduate students specialising in these areas

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Director, National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults, University of Waikato, 2011-ongoing
  • Advisory Board, National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning, Republic of Ireland, 2008-ongoing
  • Founder–Member, National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC), London, UK, 2002-2011
  • Joint Mathematics Council of the UK, representing ALM, 1999-2011
  • Invited Member, BBC RaW Forum, UK, 2009-2011
  • Personal Economics Group, National Institute for Adult Continuing Education, UK, 2008-2011
  • Research Advisory Group, National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, UK, 2007-2009.
  • Learning Mathematics in Context Expert Group, National Teaching & Learning Change Programme, Phase 4, Quality Improvement Agency (QIA), UK, February 2007-2008
  • Invited Member, Numeracy Expert Group, NHS Education for Scotland, UK, 2006–2011
  • Curriculum Review Advisory Group of the ‘QIA Skills for Life Review of the Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy Core Curricula and the Pre-Entry Framework’, London Language and Literacy Unit Plus and KPMG, UK, 2006-2008
  • Subject Matter Expert for ‘The Adult Numeracy Initiative’ for the United States Department of Education, American Institutes for Research, Washington DC, USA, 2005-2006
  • Founding Chair, Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum (ALM), 1994 – 1996; Secretary 1997-1998; Executive Committee, 1999-2004; Hon Trustee, 2004-ongoing

Awards/Honours

  • Emeritus Professor, King’s College London
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
  • Honorary Trustee, Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum (ALM)

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