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

None

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).