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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC3060 Mathematics Education

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Prof J Monaghan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module is for students who are studying some mathematics in their degree course. The overall aim is to reflect on how we learn mathematics, what and whom we learn mathematics with, and how this learning might be assessed. Mathematical tasks will be woven into the sessions. The mathematical content of these tasks will not go beyond A-level mathematics but they will be non-routine tasks aimed at getting you to think about the learning of mathematics. The English education system will be used as a background to critically examine learning, tool use and assessment issues.The module will enable you to: be aware of learning theories which have had an influence in mathematics education; distinguish different methods of assessment in mathematics and be able to articulate their advantages and disadvantages; discuss how tools influence the learning and understanding of mathematics; and relate ideas raised to own experiences of learning mathematics.Whole group teaching will consist of a combination of lectures, group activities and doing mathematical tasks. Some sessions may be devoted to tutorials in smaller groups.


On completion of the course, students should:

- have an understanding of the range of criteria that are used to influence the structure of school mathematical curricula;

- appreciate the different facets of mathematical activity;

- understand the cultural and societal influences on mathematics curricula; have some understanding of
the theories of how mathematics is learned and how these theories have influenced curriculum development;

- understand the role of assessment as a determinant and product of the mathematics curriculum.


Mathematics as content and process. Social determinants of mathematics curricula. How mathematics is learned and assessed. Curriculum construction and evaluation.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Lectures, 11 x 2 hours

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

100% course work
One assignment, worth 33%, equivalent to 1000 words during the course and a final assignment in essay format worth 67% and equivalent to 2000 words.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/11/2007


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