Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries Campus) MA

Mathematics - Theory And Pedagogy 3 DUMF3013

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course builds upon the students' growing competence in Mathematics and links to their school experience by: supporting the students' personal development in numeracy and mathematics; making students aware of children's additional learning needs and the teaching approaches to meet these needs; and extending the students' understanding of assessment and its role in the teaching and learning process. The course also supports the use of ICT by providing appropriate learning experiences in a variety of branches of mathematics. The development of the students' critical appreciation and evaluation of current research at national and international level will support the learning theories of their educational studies course and lay the foundations of their later research investigations.


1  x 2 hour lecture, and 1x 1-hour tutorial

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Year 3 of the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification.

Excluded Courses



Co-requisite Year 3 courses on the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification.


Assignment (40%)

Examination (60%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of the course are:
- to support students' personal development in mathematics and numeracy and their knowledge of the P
rimary Mathematics Curriculum
- to further develop the skills understanding and pedagogy in mathematics which will enable students to teach effectivel
y throughout the age range 3-14
- to make students aware of the continuum of special educational needs and to enable them to provide challenging activities and teaching approaches to meet those needs with s
pecial reference to mathematics
- to enable students to devise appropriate experiences using ICT in order to provide appropriate learning experiences in shape, position and movement, informati
on handling and problem solving
- to develop the students' critical appreciation and evaluation of current research in mathematics education and its influence on
effective teaching and learning
- to examine international and national studies of mathematics achievement and their implications for teaching and learning

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Through this course, students will be able to
exhibit a clear understanding of problem solving at their own level and be able to design problem solving tasks for pupils, suitable in terms of context, content and strategies
demonstrate an understanding of assessment and of its importance in the teaching and learning process for mathematics
- identify and create challenging contexts which will permit the effective learning, teaching and assessment of mathematical topics and have initiated strategies for analysis and reflection
show knowledge of the appropriate skills required to assess children with special educational needs and be able to incorporate differentiation into programmes of study
demonstrate knowledge of how the use of learning resources and recreational mathematics can enhance the learning of the subject
display knowledge of the influence of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics eg Pip, Roamer, Turtle, computer software, CD Rom and have self studied LOGO and explored its use in the classroom
show evidence of independence of learning, curricular initiative and resourcefulness, and a reflective attitude to the purpose, place and use of mathematics in the primary school curriculum with specific reference to the Curriculum for Excellence and AIfL

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Normally completion of assignment and examination and attendance of at least 80% of compulsory classes.