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MATH/EDUC 650
Graduate Seminar:  Theory and Practice in Mathematics Education

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MATH/EDUC 650. Graduate Seminar:  Theory and Practice in Mathematics Education
Three Credit Hours (3).

Examines literature in the theory and practice of mathematics education. Course content will vary semester to semester, in each case focusing on one specific topic. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, educational learning theories and mathematical connections, K-12 mathematics education curriculum reform, technology and the teaching of mathematics, international studies in mathematics education, or mathematical literacy. The course will include examinations of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Virginia SOL documents. Students enrolled in the Master's Program in Education with a concentration in Mathematics will be expected to complete an extensive teaching or research project in this course during their final semester of the program, unless they receive prior permission to complete the project at some other time. Project choices must be focused in mathematics education and approved by the professor of record. This course must be taken in the final semester but be taken more than once for credit, provided the topic of study is different, with permission of instructor.

 

Detailed Description of Course

This is an intensive reading and writing course examining professional and research literature in mathematics education. Students are expected to engage with and critically analyze theoretical and empirical educational literature, as well as considering practical implications for mathematics education. Students completing course projects will be expected to offer informal and/or formal write ups and presentations of their progress and product.

 

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This is an intensive reading and writing course examining professional and research literature in mathematics education. Students are expected to engage with and critically analyze theoretical and empirical educational literature, as well as considering practical implications for mathematics education. Students completing course projects will be expected to offer informal and/or formal write ups and presentations of their progress and product.

 

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will learn foundational knowledge guiding the field of mathematics education and the nature of educational debates. They will come to better understand theoretical and practical arguments and to generate informed opinions about the status and direction of mathematics education. Before graduating the M.S. program, students will complete an extensive teaching or research project that helps prepare them for careers in mathematics education.

 

Assessment Measures

Writing assignments, class presentations, projects, and participation in as well as leadership of classroom discussions may be the primary assessment measure in this course.

 

Other Course Information

 

Review and Approval

Date Action Reviewed
November 2008