MAT-20032 - Introduction to Mathematics Education
Coordinator: David Bedford Room: N/A Tel: +44 1782 7 33468
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

In this module students will be introduced to principles of reflective learning and critical pedagogy linked to the history and theory of mathematics education. Through a mixture of individual and group work, students will investigate and explore aspects of mathematical learning and critically analyse these with reference to their effectiveness from a personal perspective.

To develop the students' ability to evaluate and reflect on the learning of mathematics from several perspectives, including personal experiences, practitioners' (visiting and non-visiting) experiences and theory.
To give students learning experience of mathematics in an education context where they can take a practical role in the planning, delivery and assessment of mathematics education.

Intended Learning Outcomes

reflect on their own mathematical learning with reference to educational theory: 1,2,3
articulate knowledge, in written and oral form, of a theory of mathematics education: 1,2,3
produce and evaluate resources to facilitate the learning of mathematics: 3
evaluate the effectiveness of developments in mathematics education with reference to personal experiences and those of practitioners: 1,2,3

Study hours

20 hours classes to include group activities, research tasks, investigations of pedagogy, resource production and presentations.
30 hours for individual report, including preparation and final report.
15 hours on group project, including the presentation and preparation.
15 hours producing portfolio.
70 hours private study, independent research and reading.

School Rules

General aptitude (assessed by a formal interview and recommendations from their personal tutor, year tutors and/or programme director).

Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Project weighted 20%
Group planning and reflection on individual contribution.
10 minute presentation of a group research task on mathematical education theory. Production of an appropriate teaching resource of length appropriate to the topic undertaken.

2: Individual Report weighted 60%
A personal reflection and evaluation of relevant experiences.
An individual report containing a critical evaluation of mathematical learning from the perspective of educational theory and personal experience. The critical and evaluative summary of student findings will normally be 2000-3000 words.

3: Portfolio weighted 20%
Portfolio of teaching resources
A collection of approximately six student-prepared/adapted teaching resources with a description of how they were used and an evaluation of their effectiveness.