The taught modules address some of the key philosophical, psychological and sociological aspects of mathematics education, as well as issues such as curricula, assessment, interdisciplinarity and widening participation. There are opportunities to study a range of topics including past, current and potential future mathematical practices, policies, cultures, technologies, problems and innovations. Through seminars, readings, discussions, and other activities, you will engage with key perspectives in learning theories and their implications and develop both a critical understanding of your own professional expertise, and a wider critical perspective on contemporary mathematics education.
This programme can enhance a variety of career paths in education and gives you the opportunity to personalise your learning pathway to reflect your individual interests. There is one core taught module ‘Mathematics Education: Theory and Practice’, which runs on a weekly basis in the autumn term. Further optional modules are selected, either within the subject focus (such as ‘Recent Developments in Mathematics Education’) and/or from the extensive range available from other MA programmes.
For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. To enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.
For each 30-credit taught module you will typically have 20 hours of class time. The sessions include lecturing, teacher led class discussions and student-led group work.
Self-study: You will have 280 hours of self-guided learning time per 30 credit module.
For the Academic Study Skills Workshops you will have 10.5 hours of contact time.
For the Dissertation module students receive 9 hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision and attend research methods lectures which are an additional 24 hours of contact time. The dissertation will also involve 567 hours of self-guided learning.
The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed by a 6,000 word assignment. However, assessment methods may vary, depending on the optional modules you select. There is additionally an online participation requisite for the required taught module.
The 60-credit dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.
Students are permitted to take up to 40 of their optional credits from outside of the course, at the discretion of the Programme Director. The contact time and assessment methods for those modules may vary.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.