Game on for award professor

9th April 2004 at 01:00
A British academic this week became the first winner of a major new international prize for her pioneering work in mathematics education.

Celia Hoyles, professor of mathematics education at the Institute of Education, London university, has been awarded the Hans Freudenthal Medal by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.

Professor Hoyles' research has included work on how technology, including video games, can be harnessed to improve education. In one project, children from different countries designed, built and shared their own video games. Professor Hoyles also hosted the 1990 TV show Fun and Games, in which people were asked to solve maths puzzles.

Professor Hoyles, 57, said: "I'm very excited. The idea is that maths education research should stand in comparison with research in other areas, such as science and maths itself. So this is an award as much for the maths education community and my colleagues as it is for me. I'm thrilled."

The award is the second piece of good news in just over three months for Professor Hoyles, who was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours list.

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