# Module MAU34900: Mathematics Education

**Credit weighting (ECTS)**- 10 credits
**Semester/term taught**- Michaelmas & Hilary Term 2019-20
**Contact Hours**- Initially 3 per week (including tutorials); later, time in classrooms (in school, college or adult education settings), together with some lectures / tutorials in College.
**Lecturers**- 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, learning outcomes, content, resource implications and assessment procedures of Irish school mathematics curricula, in the context of international developments.
- 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 classroom experience; describing the approaches to teaching and learning, and analyzing the student behaviours observed; and (in conjunction with this)
- Research and present a project on a topic that appears, or might appear, in mathematics curricula.

**Module Content**-
- Introduction and overview.
- Attitudes to mathematics.
- Learning and teaching mathematics.
- Mathematics curricula.
- The nature of mathematics and philosophies of mathematics education.

**Module Prerequisite**- None
**Assessment Detail**-
This module is assessed by means of coursework. There are three assignments: a

*mathematical autobiography*(counting for 5% of the marks), a*project related to mathematics curricula*(60%) and a*report on students’ classroom experience*(30%). Additionally,*tutorial exercises*(5%) involve postings to the module’s discussion forum.