PG7006: Core Strength: Maths


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PG7006: Core Strength: Maths

Module Title Core Strength: Maths
Module Code PG7006
Module Tutor Ruth Hollier
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a strength in Primary Mathematics Education through engagement with subject knowledge enhancement, development of subject pedagogical  understanding, and through critical reflection and analysis.  Students will develop an enhanced knowledge of mathematics at their own level and a good knowledge of mathematics primary school curriculum content. They will develop a good understanding of children’s learning in mathematics, in relation to the theories of learning in mathematics, and a good understanding of barriers to children’s progress in mathematics. They will develop a critical approach to literature aboutchildren’s learning in mathematics and a critical and analytical approach to discussing children’s learning in mathematics.

Indicative Syllabus

Subject knowledge: development of key aspects of the mathematics primary curriculum, such as problem solving and using and applying.


Subject pedagogy: consideration of the distinctive nature of learning in mathematics, inclusive teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of all pupils within mathematics, an introduction to the role of the subject leader, and the application of ICT to enhance children's learning, such as the use of interactive teaching programmes for modelling mathematical concepts.


Critical reflection and analysis: development of an evidence-based approach to the analysis of children's learning in mathematics, the evaluation of teaching in mathematics, the critique of journal articles related to teaching and learning in mathematics and critical reflection on the strengths and limitations of learning theories in maths.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate:


1.  an understanding of their own strengths and areas for development in mathematics subject knowledge

2.  an enhanced level of subject knowledge

3.  an understanding of learning theories related to primary mathematics

4.  a good understanding of the strengths and limitations of learningtheory related to primary mathematics, such as connectionist, constructivist and experiential approaches

5.  an ability to engage critically with literature about primary mathematics

6.  an ability to reflect critically on the learning process


In addition, students operating at Masters level should be able to demonstrate:


1.  a well developed ability to engage critically with the issues, analyse significant aspects of teaching and learning and synthesise ideas

2.  a well developed ability to discuss and critique theories of teaching and learning within science, based upon both a wide reading of relevant

sources and analysis of first-hand evidence

Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Standard: 5000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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