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 both in relation to a project involving the preparation of lessons on a selected topic in mathematics and to the students¿ own experiences in learning mathematics. The classroom project entail engagement with the mathematics itself and ideas from the education research literature about the teaching of the topic, as well as consideration of the wider context and applications. The part related to university mathematics will be supported by group activities in class concerning university mathematics teaching and learning. Students will 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). In the second semester students will engage with the research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics at the university level and will be encouraged to relate their own experience as learners to the research findings that will be discussed through readings and other activities each week.
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', What are the issues related to the transition to university mathematics? What is students understanding of proof and of its role in university mathematics?

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  Visiting students are advised to check that they have studied the material covered in the syllabus of each prerequisite course before enrolling. 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 0 
Course Start 
Full Year 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
200
(
Lecture Hours 28,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2,
Fieldwork Hours 6,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
145 )

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.
 Develop skills in laying out a nonmathematical argument in a way that makes clear the evidence or argument for different statements.

Reading List
https://eu01.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/leganto/public/44UOE_INST/lists/26183665250002466?auth=SAML 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Special Arrangements 
Students are required to apply for a place on this course. They should do so by sending an email (max 200 words, plain text, with the subject 'Application for Mathematical Education, MATH10010') to mto@ed.ac.uk, outlining why they are interested in taking the course. Please note that students on single or combined degrees involving mathematics will be prioritized during the allocation of places. 
Keywords  MEd 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Paola Iannone
Tel: (01316) 505085
Email: piannon2@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mrs Frances Reid
Tel: (0131 6)50 4883
Email: f.c.reid@ed.ac.uk 

