Module Identifier ED32110  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Dylan Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 Hours  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   50%  
  Assignment   1 written assignment (c. 2, 500 words)   50%  


This module focuses on the `why?, `what? and `how? of mathematics education. A brief historical and theoretical overview leads to an understanding of the current mathematics curricula and how it may be effectively delivered. Consideration is given to effective classroom pedagogy, the assessment of mathematical understanding, the relationship between language and mathematics and the impact of new technology on mathematics teaching.


The following topics will make up the basic content of the module :

The aims of mathematics teaching.
Mathematics Education: historical overview.
The way children learn mathematics: the theoretical basis.
Teaching mathematics: content, learners and teaching approaches.
Mathematics in the National Curriculum.
The case for a Numeracy Strategy.
Assessing mathematical achievement.
Language and mathematics.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and mathematics.

Brief description
This module aims to make students aware of the place of mathematics within the school curriculum, both historically and within the context of the National Curriculum, as well as raising awareness of the role of mathematics in a modern society. Consideration will also be given to the ways in which mathematics is learned and taught.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Background
Orton, A. and Wain, G. (eds.). (1994) Issues in Teaching Mathematics. London: Cassell