Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries campus) MA

Mathematics - Theory And Pedagogy 1 DUMF1013

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

 Students are introduced to the primary mathematics curriculum and their mathematical skills are consolidated so that confidence, competence and mastery in number and numeracy are attained to an appropriate level, through independent study techniques and a variety of learning approaches. They will be enabled to undertake, with confidence and enthusiasm, their school experience in the primary school and will be introduced to effective methods of teaching and learning within the primary mathematics curriculum, particularly with regard to number.



Excluded Courses



Co-requisite Year 1 courses on the MA in Primary Education


Essay (approx. 2000 words) (40%)

Examination (60%)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

- Students are introduced to the knowledge, skills, competences and professional attitudes which are necessary for the effective teaching and learning of mathematics;
- An enthusiasm and excitement within students for the teaching and learning of mathematics and an ability to communicate these effectively to pupils of all abilities and needs is promoted;

- Recognition of the centrality of school experience
and providing students with the fullest support for the successful development of their teaching and learning skills in mathematics;
- Enabling students to meet the challenge of providing appropriate teaching and learning experiences for pupils of all abil

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course the students will be able to:
- Employ
 simple strategies to solve problems at their own level as a group and individually and have communicated solutions to problems in a clear mathematical manner
- Understand
 how mathematical ideas build in accordance with the developmental characteristics of young children
- Explain and evaluate
 current educational thinking in the selection and ordering of mathematical concepts in the early years
- Explain
 the teaching and learning of number in the primary school
- Use
 structured and unstructured materials to investigate how children develop number concepts
 - Apply a knowledge of how measurement, shape and information handling concepts develop in young children
- Develop
 strategies for numeracy and mental work

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.