ED2AC4-Mathematics, Children and Education 2

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai
Email: n.trakulphadetkrai@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

In this module students will gain an international, national and local perspective as they explore different models of mathematics teaching and critically compare mathematics curricula. Students will grow in confidence as they set mathematics within a wider context, exploring links between mathematics and other curricular areas, such as art, literacy and global citizenship. 


  • To familiarise students with national and international models of best practice in mathematics teaching

  • To explore historical and contemporary factors around curriculum development and design

  • To gain confidence in integrating mathematics teaching within a broad, balanced curriculum

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Question mathematical pedagogy in the light of national and international comparisons

Additional outcomes:
Students will deepen their understanding of the role of mathematics within a rich primary curriculum, through exploring concepts such as global citizenship as well as links with other curricular areas.

Outline content:

The module will follow two strands:

Global perspectives on mathematics teaching

  • National and international comparisons, such as the Eastern Asian and Western mathematics teaching and learning models

Mathematics across the curriculum:

  • Global citizenship

  • Links with other curricular areas e.g. art and literacy

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will be delivered in interactive sessions, which include lecturing, discussion and practical activities and blended learning, provided through Blackboard. Sessions will require some pre-reading, and students should be prepared to contribute their views and work collaboratively in order to make presentations. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Guided independent study: 176
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written Assignment 2,500 words.

Formative assessment methods:

Formative assessment will be made through on-going observation of the students’ engagement with and contributions to sessions.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
An overall mark of 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of a written assignment during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required Textbooks: No required Textbooks. A list of recommended books will be given at the beginning of each module.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials. Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 13 August 2021


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