Originally from London, Tony Brownwas educated in Canterbury and Exeter, before moving to Holland Park School in central London where he taught mathematics for three years. This was followed by three years as a mathematics teacher educator for Volunteer Services Overseas in Dominica in the Caribbean. In 1987 he completed his PhD at Southampton University. His doctoral researchfocused on languageusage in mathematics classrooms, especially where the fluent use of English could not be assumed. After a spell as a mathematics coordinator in a middle school on the Isle of Wight, Tony moved to Manchester Metropolitan University in 1989. Tony has been the leader for doctoral studies in education as well as participating in a range of other courses and became Professor of Mathematics Education in 2000. Projects have included: Economic and Social Research Council funded studies examining teacher education; piloting a distance-teaching programme enabling British volunteers based in Africa to research their own teaching practice within a programme of professional development; and, a General Medical Council funded project on how senior doctors learn. Tony also spent two years on leave from Manchester at the University of Waikato where he became the first Professor of Mathematics Education in New Zealand. There he led a project funded by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research on the experiences of Pasifika teachers working in New Zealand schools.
Tony has published two other books in the Mathematics Education Library series. Mathematics education and language outlines his interest in mathematics in schools. Becoming a mathematics teacher (with Olwen McNamara) considers the formation of practices of new primary school teachers. Meanwhile, Action research and postmodernism (with Liz Jones) provides a theoretical perspective on teachers carrying out practitionerresearchwithin higher degrees. Regulative discourses in education (with Dennis Atkinson and Janice England) considers teacher practices through psychoanalytic theory. The psychology of mathematics education, edited by Tony, introduces psychoanalytic theory as an alternative to more cognitive understandings of psychology. Tony has also written extensively in journals such as Educational Studies in Mathematics, for the learning of mathematics and the British Educational Research Journal.