MA6060 - An Introduction to Theories of Knowledge and Learning of Mathematics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2024/2025

Course content

Mathematical competencies. Assessment in mathematics. The role of semiotic representations and transitions between representations in the learning of mathematics. Concept definition and concept image, prototypes, the process and object character of concepts. The role of proofs in school mathematics. Aspects of algebra. Topics from didactics of mathematics are illustrated using examples from analysis and algebra.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the candidate is expected to have acquired learning outcome, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence as specified below:


The candidate has

  • good knowledge of core topics from didactics of mathematics, with emphasis on the teaching and learning of algebra and functions,
  • good knowledge of the role of argumentation, reasoning and proofs in mathematics in general and in school mathematics in particular,
  • good knowledge of assessment in mathematics.


The candidate can

  • use theory from didactics of mathematics to analyse students' learning processes,
  • report on results from such analyses both oral, and in writing,
  • conduct assessment in mathematics based on relevant theory.

General competence

The candidate is able to

  • plan and carry out teaching of mathematics for grades 8-13 based on good knowledge of mathematics and didactics of mathematics.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is concentrated in seminars, accompanied by Internet based tutoring. Compulsory tasks connected to the candidate's own school practice are given during the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

The assessment is based on an essay. This essay is developed on the basis of compulsory tasks that are carried out during the semester. Results from compulsory tasks shall be presented orally.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
- (KMA1-8-13)

Required previous knowledge

To be admitted to the course it is required to have completed a certified teacher education and to have a background in mathematics at least corresponding to R1 from Norwegian upper secondary school. It is required to have access to school practice in mathematics.

Course materials

Announced at the start of and during the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SKOLE6210 4.0 SPRING 2018
SKOLE6220 4.0 SPRING 2018
SKOLE6230 4.0 SPRING 2018
SKOLE6931 5.0 AUTUMN 2018
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, lower degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Didactics in Mathematics
  • Mathematics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Department with administrative responsibility
Section for quality in education and learning environment


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