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  The Graduate School of Education 2022-2024 Courses Graduate GSE Courses (15) Mathematics Education (254)  

Mathematics Education (254)

Graduate Courses (Mathematics Education 254)

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15:254:540 Understanding School-Aged Students' Mathematical Learning (3)

Required of all graduate students in mathematics education. Review and study of literature in mathematics education research and practice, including theoretical perspectives and empirical studies. Students develop projects on topics of current interest.

15:254:541 Analysis of Mathematics Curricula I (3) A close and critical look at K-12 mathematics curricula in light of current recommendations for curricula, teaching, and learning.
15:254:542 Analysis of Mathematics Curricula II (3) Development and implementation of lessons arising out of the foundation of Analysis of Mathematics Curricula I. Prerequisite: 15:254:541.
15:254:543 Background for Teaching Elementary School Mathematics I (3) Focus on numeration skills, counting, place value and number base, and the four basic arithmetic operations as they are taught to, and learned by, elementary school children.
15:254:544 Background for Teaching Elementary School Mathematics II (3) The development of basic ideas in geometry, measurement, probability and statistics, and related areas, and methods for developing this content in the classroom.
15:254:547 Seminar in Elementary School Mathematics Education (3) Analysis of the philosophical and psychological bases of mathematics education in the elementary school, and an examination of current trends in curriculum and materials development, teacher training, achievement assessment, and other lines of research.
15:254:548 Technology in Mathematics Teaching (3) Focus on development of familiarity and facility with major technologies used in K-12 teaching. Highlighted hardware and software include graphing calculators; algebraic system, function plotting, and geometry construction software; and modeling, simulation, and tutorial software. Potential impact of technologies on traditional school mathematics curricula. Prerequisite: Undergraduate mathematics major or equivalent.
15:254:550 Problem-Solving Processes in Mathematics (3) Focuses on understanding one's own mathematical problem-solving processes and how such processes develop in mathematics learners of all ages.
15:254:551 Critical Thinking and Reasoning in Mathematics (3) The purpose of this online course is to learn how children reason about fraction ideas. How some students build understanding of fundamental fraction concepts and operations will be examined through studying videos from classroom-based research and related literature on both the obstacles to fraction learning and the development of mathematical reasoning about fractions. Also to be explored is the relationship between learning fractions and other math topics.
15:254:552 Foundations of Algebraic Reasoning (3) This hybrid course is designed to provide participants with opportunities to think deeply about the development of algebraic ideas among upper elementary and middle school students in a variety of school communities. Course activities will blend in-person, on-campus sessions for the whole class and independent analysis for small groups and individuals with interactions done asynchronously online through an eCollege course site.
15:254:553 Math Lesson Study (3) The course is designed for elementary and middle-grade classroom teachers as a practical research-based set of experiences using a modified lesson study approach and focusing on the development of mathematical reasoning and justification. Participants will engage in a variety of activities that include (a) in-person, on-campus meetings on four Saturdays (one per month); (b) in-school lesson study implementations; and (c) continuing discussions between these activities carried out asynchronously online through a course website (e.g., eCollege).
15:254:591 Topics in Mathematics Education (BA)
15:254:592 Topics in Mathematics Education (BA)
15:254:593 Topics in Mathematics Education (BA)
15:254:594 Topics in Mathematics Education (BA)
15:254:595 Topics in Mathematics Education: Geometry and Measurement for Middle School Teaching (BA) Basic properties and measurement of geometric objects in low dimensions. Rigid motions and symmetry, similarity. Formulas for perimeter, area, and volume for polygons and polyhedrons. Approximating these quantities for curvilinear objects. Explanation and justification. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor; not open to doctoral students in mathematics; ordinarily restricted to experienced K-8 teachers and to graduate students of mathematics education.
15:254:596 Topics in Mathematics Education: Probability and Data for Middle School (BA) Basic concepts and application of probability and the analysis of data. Empirical as well as theoretical approaches to finite probability (e.g., dice) and uniform distributions. Median and mean, variance, stem and leaf plots; box-and-whisker plots, outliers. Decisions in the presence of risk. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor; not open to doctoral students in mathematics; ordinarily restricted to experienced K-8 teachers and to graduate students of mathematics education.
15:254:597 Topics in Mathematics Education: Discrete Mathematics and Problem-Solving for Middlle School Teaching (BA) Map coloring; Euler and Hamiltonian graphs--the traveling salesman problem; graphs--spanning trees, shortest routes, systematic counting; number patterns--Pascal's triangle, Fibonacci numbers. Problem-solving strategies to overcome mathematics anxiety and avoidance. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor; not open to doctoral students in mathematics; ordinarily restricted to experienced K-8 teachers and to graduate students of mathematics education.
15:254:598 Topics in Mathematics Education (BA)
15:254:599 Topics in Mathematics Education (BA)
15:254:644 Mathematics Education Practicum (3) Laboratory or fieldwork activity in which students work on a project related to learning mathematics.
15:254:645 Independent Study in Mathematics Education (BA) Each student defines and carries out an appropriate project in mathematics education.
15:254:648 Topics in Mathematics Education (3)
15:254:649 Topics in Mathematics Education: Seminar in Mathematical Ideas for Teaching (3) Treats problematical yet fundamental ideas in the middle grades curriculum by exploring their historical development, and the logical and cognitive issues involved in understanding and applying them: zero, negative numbers, numeration systems, algebraic thinking, fractals. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor; not open to doctoral students in mathematics; ordinarily restricted to experienced K-8 teachers and to graduate students of mathematics education.
15:254:650 Topics in Mathematics Education (3)
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