Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EDUM047: Secondary Mathematics Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module introduces students to current thinking in the teaching of Mathematics and develops students’ pedagogic and academic subject knowledge in the field of Mathematics education.   Key elements of the module include:

  • Theory, planning, reflection and development seminars to cover the theoretical basis of Mathematics education and how this is linked to practical concerns in the classroom.
  • Classroom pedagogy seminars to cover the range of practice in current Mathematics teaching. These also act to refresh students subject knowledge in Mathematics.
  • Peer Teaching.
  • Seminar Days: Five days when students return to the university to share school-based work experiences and develop the links between theoretical and practical aspects of teaching Mathematics.

On the Secondary PGCE, you will learn and reflect on the skills and knowledge required by the programme’s credit-bearing and non-credit bearing modules throughout the year. You will need to think about the modules in relation to each other. To facilitate this, the learning and teaching activities and guided independent study described below are scheduled to occur across all three terms both in the context of your university taught course and in the context of your 24 weeks of applied professional experience in schools.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities41Seminars: Theory, planning, reflection and professional development
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities23Seminars: Classroom pedagogy
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities26 (8hrs with tutors; 18hrs independently)Peer Teaching
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities10Seminar Days
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3Tutorials with academic tutor
Guided Independent Study197Independent Study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).