Undergraduate Course: Problem solving and enquiry in primary school mathematics (EDUA10152)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Enabling children to solve mathematical problems is seen as an important goal of mathematics education. This course aims to introduce students to different approaches to problem solving and investigation in primary schools. It will draw on international perspectives and practices, as well as considering the context of the Scottish curriculum. Students will be expected to engage critically with both relevant mathematics education literature and curriculum policies. An essential element of this will be considering the ways in which problem solving and investigation develop children's abilities to think and reason mathematically. Practical coursework and paired micro-teaching will focus on developing students' ability to work with learners in solving problems, carrying out investigations, and problematising the learning of mathematics. The use of pairs will facilitate peer learning through collaborative preparation and observation. Students will also develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the difficulty and appropriateness of problems and investigations for different ages and stages of learning, and to construct new contexts, problems and investigations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. An annotated portfolio of problems, contexts and investigations. (25%)
2. 3000 word written assignment (75%)
Students will be encouraged to specialise in their portfolio, e.g. relating it to one stage of primary school or to a particular mathematical strand such as Shape.
The portfolio will be assessed on the extent to which it
1. identifies problems, contexts and/or investigations appropriate to the specialism of the portfolio;
2. demonstrates an analytic and evaluative approach to annotating the chosen problems, contexts and/or investigations;
3. identifies relevant questions or prompts to support learners in tackling the problems and/or investigations;
4. demonstrates a good standard of structure and style in its presentation.
The assignment will be assessed on the extent to which it
1. responds relevantly to the question set;
2. demonstrates knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives on mathematical problem solving and investigation;
3. reflects critically on the application of theory to learning and teaching contexts, drawing on experience and relevant literature to support reflection;
4. demonstrates a coherent structure and uses written language and conventions of academic referencing accurately.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and practices in mathematical problem solving and investigation.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate features of problems and investigations which contribute to developing children's mathematical thinking.
- Students will develop the ability to adapt existing mathematical problems, investigations and contexts, and to construct new ones.
- Students will demonstrate skills in leading a group in mathematical investigation or problem solving, from initial presentation, through support and probing questions, to discussion of final solution(s).
- Students will adopt a collaborative, enquiry-based approach to their own professional development.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||mathematics, primary education
|Course organiser||Mrs Susan Mclarty
Tel: (0131 6)51 6044
|Course secretary||Miss Jenna Mcculloch
Tel: (0131 6)51 6012
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