Course - Epistemological Knowledge for Mathematics Teachers - MA3061
MA3061 - Epistemological Knowledge for Mathematics Teachers
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021
In this course, one will work on design, realization, analysis, and validation of mathematics teaching, where epistemological models of the target knowledge play an important role. The analytical framework will be The theory of didactical situations in mathematics, with didactical engineering as research methodology. Central concepts are: adidactical situation; milieu; didactical contract; didactical phenomenon; and, three functionalities assigned to the mathematical knowledge at stake. Further, one will work on semiotic representations and their significance in mathematics. Rooted in the theory of the course, the student shall design a teaching sequence with a chosen piece of mathematical knowledge for one of the grades 8 13, implement the sequence with pupils, and analyse its results.
After completing the course the student shall be able to carry out an epistemological and didactical analysis of a piece of mathematical knowledge that is taught in school, and on the basis of this analysis be able to design and implement a didactical situation with respect to this knowledge. The student shall be able to characterize different forms of mathematical knowledge that a teacher should possess in order to teach the particular knowledge, and to account for different semiotic representations, and transformations between them, that are central within the mathematical knowledge at stake. Further, the student shall be able to validate a teaching sequence on the basis of a comparison of a priori and a posteriori analyses of a didactical situation. This course will, together with MA3060 and RFEL3100, give the relevant basis for writing a master thesis oriented towards mathematics education.
Learning methods and activities
The teaching is organized as seminars containing a blend of lectures, group work and discussions, as well as presentations of students work. The course requires a high degree of student participation. It is therefore necessary to be present in class to get sufficient learning outcome. The course will be given in autumn in years of odd numbers.
- Empirically based task
- 80 % participation
Further on evaluation
In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety. Submitted work that counts towards the final grade will also have to be retaken. For more information about grading and evaluation, see «Teaching methods and activities».
Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Recommended previous knowledge
Required previous knowledge
A minimum of 60 ECTS in mathematics and completed at least 30 ECTS of Practical Teacher Training (PPU) is required to be admitted to the course.
The literature is based on research articles from mathematics education and will be announced at the start of the course.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
- Didactics in Mathematics
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"