Dr Christos Dimitriadis


I am an Associate Professor in Education: Research and Learning and Teaching, School Co-Director of Research, and Programme Leader of the Doctor of Education (EdD) at the School of Education, Midwifery and Social Work. I joined Kingston University in October 2015. Before I moved to Kingston, I worked at Plymouth University as a Lecturer in Education with a specialism in primary mathematics. Before that, I was a primary school teacher for more than 20 years in various primary schools in Greece and the UK. 

My current role involves research, course and module leadership, teaching, supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and doctoral students (EdD and PhD), conducting research, leading research projects and research grant applications, and supporting the research activity within the School and the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.

My research activity combines two complex areas: mathematics education and gifted education. It concerns issues regarding teaching and learning mathematics at higher cognitive levels for raising the achievement of all students, issues about nurturing mathematical promise, and issues regarding educating students with exceptional abilities and complex needs. My research in the area of gifted and mathematics education has been exploring school practice in primary schools since 2008. My research on gifted education has recently focused on twice-exceptional students and their educational needs and underachievement in mathematics.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • PhD in Developing Mathematical Giftedness, Brunel University, West London, UK, 21/12/2010
  • MA in Education (Primary Education), Brunel University, West London, UK, 14/07/2005
  • PG Degree in Pedagogical Studies (Primary Education), Pedagogical Department of Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece, 22/11/1999
  • BA Degree in Primary Education, Pedagogical Academy of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, 30/06/1983

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • English Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Postgraduate courses taught


My research focuses on mathematics education and gifted education, including the nature and development of mathematical giftedness, twice-exceptionality, underachievement in mathematics, thinking skills, creativity, and curriculum provision.

Current Research Projects:

  • "Understanding underachievement in mathematics: What can we learn from primary school teachers, children and parents?"
  • "How do we teach mathematics to adult students during a pandemic situation? A comparative study between Kuwait and the United Kingdom"

EdD/PhD Supervision:


  • "Teacher Transition in International Schools: A narrative enquiry into the experiences and perceived needs of international school educators", EdD, First Supervisor, School of Education, Kingston University, London, UK.
  • "Teacher Professional Identity in Further Education", EdD, Second Supervisor, School of Education, Kingston University, London, UK.


  • "Factors Behind Mathematics Achievement for Freshmen Students at a Mathematics Foundation Program in Kuwait", PhD, Second Supervisor, School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK, June 2019.

Qualifications and expertise

  • PhD in Developing Mathematical Giftedness
  • Mathematics Education
  • Gifted Education
  • Curriculum Provision

Areas of specialism

  • The nature and development of mathematical ability
  • Mathematics teaching and learning
  • Thinking skills and teaching thinking
  • Critical evaluation of school provision for highly and exceptionally able children

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 17.


Hammad, Sali, Graham, Ted, Dimitriadis, Christos and Taylor, Annette (2022) Effects of a successful mathematics classroom framework on students' mathematics self-efficacy, motivation, and achievement : a case study with freshmen students at a university foundation programme in Kuwait. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 53(6), pp. 1502-1527. ISSN (print) 0020-739X

Hammad, Sali, Dimitriadis, Christos and Graham, Ted (2021) Using concepts maps in a foundation mathematics course : what have we learnt? Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 17(2), em1943. ISSN (print) 1305-8215

Dimitriadis, Christos, Georgeson, Jan, Paliokosta, Panagiota and Van Herwegen, Jo (2021) Twice-exceptional students of mathematics : what do the teachers know? Roeper Review, 43(2), pp. 99-111. ISSN (print) 0278-3193

Dimitriadis, Christos and Georgeson, Jan (2018) Provision for mathematically able children in primary schools: a review of practice five years after England dropped the gifted and talented initiative. Educational Review, 70(3), pp. 358-380. ISSN (print) 0013-1911

Dimitriadis, Christos (2016) Gifted programs cannot be successful without gifted research and theory : evidence from practice with gifted students of mathematics. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 39(3), pp. 221-236. ISSN (print) 0162-3532

Dimitriadis, Christos (2016) Nurturing mathematical promise in a regular elementary classroom: Exploring the role of the teacher and classroom environment. Roeper Review, 38(2), pp. 107-122. ISSN (print) 0278-3193

Dimitriadis, Christos (2012) How are schools in England addressing the needs of mathematically gifted children in primary classrooms? A review of practice. Gifted Child Quarterly, 56(2), pp. 59-76. ISSN (print) 0016-9862

Dimitriadis, Christos (2012) Provision for mathematically gifted children in primary schools: an investigation of four different methods of organisational provision. Educational Review, 64(2), pp. 241-260. ISSN (print) 0013-1911

Dimitriadis, Christos (2011) Developing mathematical ability in primary school through a ‘pull-out’ programme: a case study. Education 3-13, 39(5), pp. 467-482. ISSN (print) 0300-4279


Dimitriadis, Christos (2013) Developing mathematical giftedness within primary schools: A study of strategies for educating children who are gifted in mathematics. Lambert Academic Publishing. 432p. ISBN 9783659503283

Book Section

Dimitriadis, Christos (2023) The other students with special educational needs and the attainment gap. In: Done, Elizabeth J. and Knowler, Helen, (eds.) International perspectives on exclusionary pressures in education : how inclusion becomes exclusion. Cham, Switzerland : Springer Nature. pp. 143-162. ISBN 9783031141126

Conference or Workshop Item

Kler, Su, Dimitriadis, Christos, Hammad, Sali, Wang, Chao and Wood, Ruth (2023) Exploring mathematics anxiety and attitude among student teachers in the first year of their initial teacher training. In: ECER 2023 : The value of diversity in education and educational research; 22-25 Aug 2023, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Hammad, Sali, Hunter, Gordon and Dimitriadis, Christos (2021) The experiences of teaching mathematics to college students during a pandemic situation : preliminary results from a comparative study between the UK and Kuwait. In: CETL-MSOR 2021 Conference : Celebrating our Past, Embracing our Future; 02 - 03 Sep 2021, Coventry, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ooms, Ann, Gale, Julia, Heaton-Shrestha, Celayne [Contributor], Dimitriadis, Christos [Contributor], Elcock, Karen [Contributor] and Paget, Kris [Contributor] (2019) Mathematics anxiety amongst nursing students. In: World Congress on Nursing and Healthcare [WCNH-2019] : Exploring Latest Innovations in Nursing & Healthcare; 09-11 Sep 2019, Rome, Italy. (Unpublished)

Dimitriadis, Christos and Georgeson, Jan (2017) Provision for mathematically promising children in primary schools : a review of practice five years after England dropped the Gifted and Talented Initiative. In: Excellence, Innovation, & Creativity in Basic-Higher Education & Psychology; 03-05 Jul 2017, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Dimitriadis, Christos (2015) Why having provision for the gifted student of mathematics without a theory, research-based framework and without specialized knowledge creates more problems than it solves. In: 21st World Conference: Educating Gifted and Talented Children - Turning Research into Practice; 10-14 Aug 2015, Odense, Denmark. (Unpublished)

Dimitriadis, Christos (2014) Educating the gifted student of mathematics in primary schools: What works in practice. In: The 11th International Conference on: Excellence in Education: The Creativity – Innovation Challenge; 07-10 Jul 2014, Paris, France. (Unpublished)

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