Undergraduate Course: Problem solving and enquiry in primary school mathematics (EDUA10152)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting 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.
The course begins by considering the current place of problem solving and enquiry in primary school mathematics. The historical influence of mathematics educationalists such as George Polya, Hans Freudenthal and Paul Halmos on the teaching of problem solving is studied, and the work and writing of recent and contemporary mathematics educators is debated. We compare differing international approaches to problem solving and enquiry and contrast curriculum policy in several jurisdictions with that of Scotland. Through study and critique of these and other aspects of problem solving and enquiry, students are encouraged to arrive at their own personal understanding of this element of mathematics education and to justify their understanding with reference to theoretical, research and policy perspectives.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Printing one hard copy of portfolio for assessment
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and practices in mathematical problem solving and investigation.
- demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate features of problems and investigations which contribute to developing children's mathematical thinking.
- develop the ability to adapt existing mathematical problems, investigations and contexts, and to construct new ones.
- 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).
- adopt a collaborative, enquiry-based approach to their own professional development.
|Resource list is available at https://eu01.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/leganto/readinglist/searchlists/12749616890002466 |
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Some aspects of graduate attributes which students will have the opportunity to develop through this course include:
Research and enquiry: be able to use systematic and collaborative enquiry to develop knowledge and understanding
Personal and intellectual autonomy: be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
Communication: make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
Personal effectiveness: be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills. Have confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy.
||The course is provided primarily as a core course for the MA Primary Education with Mathematics programme and as an option course for students on other MA (Primary Education) programmes. Priority will be given to students on these programmes. Any other student interested in taking the course, should first contact the course organiser to discuss whether s/he has appropriate knowledge of mathematics in primary education and suitable previous experience in teaching.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||The course meets weekly for 10 weeks, in 3 hour seminars. For each seminar there will be preparatory reading, and activity. Students are expected to work collaboratively to lead and observe short problem solving sessions. One session is usually spent working with children in a local primary school.
|Course organiser||Ms Anne Kent
Tel: (0131 6)51 6418
|Course secretary||Miss Lorraine Nolan
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571