Undergraduate Course: Mathematical Education (MATH10010)
|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
|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.
This is an optional course for Honours Degrees in Mathematics and/or Statistics. Through assigned reading, small-group 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 group tasks reporting on the preparation, planning and delivery of the lessons (40%),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 (20%) and a critical analysis of a topic from the theory in the course (40%).
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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Developing as a Mathematics Educator (EDUA10167)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|No Exam Information
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Mrs Ruth Forrester
Tel: (0131 6)50 5052
|Course secretary||Mrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883