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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC3060 Mathematics Education

10 creditsClass Size: 43

Module manager: Prof J Monaghan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

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. Students' experiences 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 factors that influence institutional mathematics;

- appreciate the different aspects of mathematical activity;

- understand the cultural and societal influences on mathematical acticity;

- have some understanding of the theories of how mathematics is learned and how these theories have influenced institutional mathematics;

- understand the role of tools and assessment in mathematical activity.


How mathematics is learned and assessed. Social aspects of mathematical activity. The role of tools in the learning and assessment of mathematics.

Teaching methods

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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation and reading for lectures.
Preparation, reading, and writing up assignments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through contributions to lectures/seminars, and assignments.

Methods of assessment

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignmentequivalent to 1,000 words33.00
Essayequivalent to 2,000 words67.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/10/2009


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