Steve Humble MBE (aka Dr Maths) is a senior lecturer at Newcastle University, UK teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He carries our research in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and India concerning parental choice and schooling, collecting and analysing data from large samples using advanced statistical techniques in both Stata and SPSS. He is an expert in advanced quantitative methods, such as multivariate analysis, item response theory, structural equation modeling, factor analysis, multilevel modeling, longitudinal data analysis and discrete choice theory.
His latest book ‘Quantitative Analysis of Questionnaires: Techniques to explore structures and relationships’ was published in early 2020. The aim of the book is to provide support to those carrying out research in the humanities and social sciences who would like to understand the principles, techniques, and applications of questionnaire statistical analysis. For students undertaking research dissertations at undergraduate or masters level and those studying for higher degrees, such as a doctorate, will find this book invaluable. On Amazon go to
Steve’s PhD looked at children’s ability, creativity and motivation in poor parts of Kinondoni, Tanzania. The research investigated the cross-cultural transferability of Renzulli’s three-ring concept to an African setting. Humble has acted as a statistician on several developing country projects (India, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana) undertaking analysis with big data sets. He has worked with the British government on several committees and initiatives to investigate, support and develop educational improvements and social equity policy. He is a fellow of The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
Humble’s book ‘How to be Inventive when teaching Primary Maths’, was published by Routledge (2015) and this earned him Routledge’s education author of the month for March 2015. He was an editor on the ‘Handbook of International Development and Education’ (2015) and ‘50 Visions of Mathematics’ (2014).
Steve was awarded an MBE, a grade within the British order of chivalry – Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – for Services to Education in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
To promote public interest in mathematics he wrote fortnightly newspaper columns for eight years as ‘DrMaths’. He also has written a range of puzzles ‘explorer’ books and a number of classroom resources. In his role as a maths publicist- Dr Maths – Steve has written books, blogs, Teachers TV, pub maths magic shows and newspaper columns to help create greater public interest and understanding of mathematics.
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