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Module MA3496: Mathematics Education

Credit weighting (ECTS)
10 credits
Semester/term taught
Michaelmas and Hilary term 2012-13
Contact Hours
Initially 3 (including tutorials); time in schools and some lectures/tutorials
Prof. Elizabeth Oldham, Prof. Donal O'Donovan
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe and critique major theories about mathematics teaching and learning;
  • Outline and critique the context, aims, objectives, content and assessment procedures of Irish school mathematics curricula;
  • Identify and describe their own current beliefs about the nature of mathematics and their philosophies of mathematics education;
  • Report on their classroom experience in the light of the theories and topics addressed: -Describing and analysing their own reactions to the school experience and Analysing and categorising the teaching approaches and student behaviours observed; and (in conjunction with this)
  • Research and present a project on a topic in mathematics education
Module Content
  • Introduction and overview;
  • Attitudes to mathematics;
  • Learning and teaching mathematics;
  • Mathematics curricula..
Module Prerequisite
Assessment Detail
This module is assessed by means of coursework a mathematical autobiography (5%); a project and report related to students' experience in Schools (95%); tutorial exercises involving postings to the module's discussion forum (no marks awarded, but satisfactory completion required).