Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in the Elementary School
This course will investigate the teaching and learning of mathematics in the elementary school. Emphasis will be placed on issues surrounding content knowledge, curriculum, pedagogy, epistemology, and assessment with respect to national initiatives and instructional techniques impacting elementary school mathematics. With a focus on the practical and reflective aspects of teaching, the course will emphasize a problem-solving approach to teaching and learning mathematics aligned with the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000) and the CurriculumFocal Points (NCTM, 2006). This course will have particular emphasis on verbal and written language as tools for facilitating mathematical understanding. Further, we will examine mathematics education research and contemporary issues influencing mathematics education today.