MTHED50221A (NET)
Mathematics Education: Enhancing Thinking and Practice
30 Points
Staff
Convenor(s)
Nigel Calder
3564
TCBD.4.03J
nigel.calder@waikato.ac.nz

Lecturer(s)
Nigel Calder
3564
TCBD.4.03J
nigel.calder@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description
This paper looks at how students’ thinking becomes increasingly sophisticated as their mathematical understanding grows. A particular focus of the paper is the ways that learning in mathematics can be enhanced, including using collaborative problem solving, formative assessment and digital technologies effectively. The focus is on learners’ conceptual understanding and the kinds of strategies they use to solve mathematical problems in classrooms and in everyday life. The paper also focuses on how research findings can be used to improve teaching and learning.
Paper Structure
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.
Required and Recommended Readings
Required Readings
Paper readings are online.
Mathematics Education and general Education Journals, for example:
Teaching Children Mathematics
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Australian Mathematics Teacher
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom Journal for Research in Mathematics Education Educational Studies in Mathematics Mathematics Education Research Journal
For the Learning of Mathematics
Theory into Practice
Digital Experiences in Mathematics Education
Teaching and Teacher Education
School Science and Mathematics
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education
Other Resources
New Zealand websites:
http://www.nzmaths.co.nz (good for all mathematics content strands, problem solving and Numeracy Project. Also PACT).
http://www.tki.org.nz (mathematics, assessment, literacy and numeracy “communities”)
Other websites:
www.eduplace.com/math/brain (good for mathematics problems).
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jeather/maths/dictionary.html (mathematics dictionary)