MGLU4105 - Early Years Mathematics Teaching


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 30 minutes HJELPEMIDD

Course content

This course deals with childrens's development of number sense and development of concepts in the multilingual classroom. The significanse classroom conversations has for learning, and children's multimodal mathematical expressions are central topics. The course emphasizes learning processes that are exploratory.

Learning outcome

Knowledge The candidate - has thorough theoretical knowledge about children's development of concepts and language - has thorough knowledge about the significance of semiotic representations for learning mathematical concepts - has thorough knowledge about language identity, Norwegian as a second language and multilingual practice in the early years mathematics - has thorough knowledge about children's different multimodal expressions in mathematics - has thorough knowledge about concersation culture and the significance conversations have for learning and meaning-making in early years mathematics - has thorough knowledge about the historic development of different aspects of the number concept - has advanced knowledge about creativity and aesthetic dimensions in mathematics teaching Skills The candidate - can analyse and use theory based knowledge when working with children's multimodal expressions in mathematics - can facilitate development of concepts in a diverse and multilingual group of pupils based on theory and research - can work with developing young pupils number sense based on theory, and prevent mathematics difficulties - can assess unexpected responses from pupils and make well-founded choices about how to respond - can facilitate interdisciplinary and explorative forms of work that enhances the pupils' wondering, creaticity and ability to cooperate and work systematically General competence The candidate - can analyse and critically assess relevant problems in early mathematics teaching - can use insights from updated research in mathematics education in areas relevant for the course - can facilitate aesthetic learning processes

Learning methods and activities

The forms of work in the course alternates between lectures, work on tasks (individually and in groups), discussions, interaction with pupils and oral and written presentations by the students. Parts of the teaching might be in English. Text seminars, discussions and other interactions are important forms of work and learning, and the students are expected to participate actively. Such activities are a foundation to learn the course material, and it is important to participate in the organised teaching. Some of the sessions may be joint with MGLU4102 - Linguistic and Esthetic Approaches to Early Literacy

Compulsory assignments

  • Two written assignments
  • One oral presentation
  • Continuous work on a reflective log
  • Leading a text seminar
  • Mandatory learning workshop

Further on evaluation

Mandatory assignments There will be six mandatory assignments: two written assignments, one oral presentation, continuous work on a reflective log, leading a text seminar and participate in a mandatory learning workshop with pupils. Valid absence from the mandatory learning workshop can be replaced by an additional written assignments. The assignments are assessed as approved or not approved, and they must all be approved before the student can take the exam. Assessmentform Individual oral exam. In the exam, the students will draw a task. The student will have 45 minutes to prepare for this task. In the preparation time all written material is allowed. The examination itself lasts 30 minutes. Permitted aids during the exam is one stamped A4 paper with written notes taken during the preparation time. The exam is assessed with a letter grade A-F.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)

Required previous knowledge

Candidate must have successfully passed Mathematics 1 and completed Mathematics 2 to begin Cycle 2 courses. “Passing” is understood as the student completing the course and passing the examination. “Completed” is understood as having all obligatory coursework approved and qualifying the student for the course examination.

Course materials

Final course curriculum will be posted on Blackboard at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MGLU4104 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
SKOLE6242 2.5 AUTUMN 2020
SKOLE6212 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
LMM14009 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
LMM14008 10.0 AUTUMN 2020
DID3402 2.5 AUTUMN 2020
LMM14001 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Teacher Education
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Oral examination (1) 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 2021-12-08 08:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 HJELPEMIDD
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.
  • 1) Du vil få tildelt individuelt oppmøtetidspunkt senere.

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