The Mathematics Education Specialization is housed within the Teaching and Learning Emphasis. Mathematics Education courses and research projects draw from math education research, educational research in general, and multidisciplinary studies of mathematics.
Education 258B Seminar in Curriculum: Mathematics
This seminar examines past and current research on curriculum in mathematics. History mathematics education, approaches to curriculum, and the implementation of mathematics materials will be among the topics we consider. Recent reform efforts will also be used as exemplars for understanding curriculum issues. Analysis of curricula will be considered by looking at textbooks and completing a curriculum-based project.
Education 292A Mathematics Development in Early Years
Explores how pre-school and early elementary school children acquire early logical and mathematical understanding. The acquisition of counting, cardinal, and ordinal understanding, mathematical operations, and the representations of mathematical ideas by children will be addressed.
Education 292B Mathematics Development in the Middle Years
This seminar analyzes selected research on the development of mathematics cognition in elementary school and middle school students and relates it to research on instruction and current instructional practice. Through critical analysis of the readings and directed research projects, this course will consider the implications of cognitive and sociocultural research for educational practice. Each quarter specific topical areas such as word problems and rational numbers will be covered.
Education 292C Mathematics Development in Adolescents
This course examines mathematical problem solving at the secondary and college level. Different approaches to problem solving will be discussed in terms of the relevant theories, mathematics curricula and instructional delivery.
Education 293 Mathematics: Cultural Comparisons
We will be reading about a variety of different kinds of cross-national and cross-cultural studies of mathematics instruction and achievement. Topics will include ethno- mathematics, cross-cultural studies of learning & cognition, and large international studies of teaching and achievement including the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). Some of the questions we will consider are: What does it mean to do mathematics in different cultural and situated contexts? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using research methods from different disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, psychology and education? What is the relation between teachers' mathematical knowledge and what they teach students? Offered alternate spring quarters.
Additional Courses that might be of interest to Mathematics
ED 210B: Cognitive Development
ED 242C: Theories of Organizational Change and Development
ED 270C: Race and Ethnicity in US Education,
ED 279: Perspectives on Teacher Education and Professional Development