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  ** In order to participate in the school experience required for this course, you may be asked to apply to join the 'Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme'. If it is needed, advice on how to do this will be given at the start of the course. **
This course surveys theories of learning and teaching mathematics. The ideas encountered will be considered in relation to a project involving the preparation of lessons on a selected topic in mathematics. This project will entail engagement with the mathematics itself and ideas from the education literature about the teaching of the topic, as well as consideration of the wider context and applications. 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. Through assigned reading, smallgroup activities and tutorials, the course provides 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. In addition, during Semester 1, students work in small groups to plan and deliver lessons on a given topic to an appropriate audience (e.g. local school pupils). Assessment of the course involves a group presentation (10%) and report (10%) in preparation for the lessons, a group report on the planning and delivery of the lessons (20%), and two individual written assignments drawing on the theory covered in the course  a reflection on links between theory and practice that draws on an observation (10%) and a critical analysis of a topic from the theory in the course (50%).
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 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 56 
Course Start 
Full Year 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 18,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
External Visit Hours 8,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Placement Study Abroad Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
153 )

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

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Coursework 100% 
Feedback 
Not entered 
No Exam Information 
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 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.
 Plan mathematics lessons on a given topic (with support) and present a rationale for pedagogical decisions.
 Critically analyse theory about the learning and teaching of mathematics, and make links between theory and practice.

Reading List
https://eu01.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/leganto/public/44UOE_INST/lists/26183665250002466?auth=SAML 
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  Dr George Kinnear
Tel: (0131 6)50 5052
Email: G.Kinnear@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883
Email: f.c.reid@ed.ac.uk 

