Undergraduate Course: Mathematical Education (MATH10010)
Course Outline
School  School of Mathematics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  20 
ECTS Credits  10 
Summary  This course surveys theories of learning and teaching mathematics. The ideas encountered will be considered in relation to two projects. The 'Primary School Project' involves working in local schools with 1012 year olds. The 'Mathematics in Context Project' involves the study and presentation of a selected topic in mathematics in relation to its wider context. Students have the opportunity to think critically about mathematics education and make links between theory and practice.
This course has a quota and students need to apply for a place. See 'Special Arrangements' below. 
Course description 
This is an optional course for Honours Degrees in Mathematics and/or Statistics. Lectures and tutorials provide opportunities to consider theories relating to the learning and teaching of mathematics. Students develop their own views of the theory through reading as well as discussion and debate. For the 'Mathematics in Context Project', students work in small groups to research and present a topic of their choice to an appropriate audience during semester 1 (either the rest of the class or a group of secondary school pupils). For the 'Primary School Project', students work in small groups to plan and deliver a sequence of three lessons in two local primary schools. This involves six hours of teaching time at the end of semester 1 (guidance and teaching materials are provided). Assessment of the course involves a group report on the 'Primary School Project' (20%), the group presentation on 'Mathematics in Context' (20%) and an individual essay linking theory and practice in mathematics education (60%).
The course will consider questions such as: 'What is mathematics?', 'Why do we teach mathematics?', 'How do people learn mathematics?', 'How should mathematics be taught?', 'How can we assess mathematical understanding?', 'What motivates mathematics learning?', 'How do issues of social justice relate to mathematical education?'.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 
Students MUST have passed:

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  Students MUST NOT also be taking
Developing as a Mathematics Educator (EDUA10167)

Other requirements  None 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 50 
Course Start 
Full Year 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 18,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
162 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
0 %,
Coursework
100 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Coursework 100% 
Feedback 
Not entered 
No Exam Information 
Learning Outcomes
It is anticipated that students who successfully complete this course will be able: 1. Work collaboratively to research a chosen mathematical topic and teach an appropriate audience about it, paying particular attention to the wider context and applications of the topic. 2. Teamteach a sequence of mathematics lessons in a local primary school (with support), and prepare a joint report reflecting on the experience. 3. Critically analyse theory about the learning and teaching of mathematics, and make links between theory and practice.

Additional Information
Course URL 
https://info.maths.ed.ac.uk/teaching.html 
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Special Arrangements 
Students on single or combined degrees involving mathematics must apply for a place. These students will be given priority.
Other students should apply to the Course Organizer. 
Keywords  MEd 
Contacts
Course organiser  Mrs Ruth Forrester
Tel: (0131 6)50 5052
Email: ruth.forrester@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883
Email: f.c.reid@ed.ac.uk 

