Oxford Brookes University School of Education

Oxford Brookes University

Education (Primary Mathematics)

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics is a three module credit course at M level, consisting of a single taught module and a double module supporting your action research.

It is a part-time course designed for students working full-time. Each module has an attached assignment which can draw directly on your own practice and setting.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have a first degree.

Course modules

Enhancing Mathematical Pedagogy

This module facilitates current professionals, including practising teachers, to improve educational outcomes associated with primary mathematics. You will enhance your own individual teaching practice in primary mathematics, and develop a deeper understanding of pedagogy and subject knowledge, together with an understanding of research into the teaching and learning of mathematics from ages 4–11.

Sessions will cover:

  • good practice in primary mathematics teaching - through investigating key research in mathematical learning and conceptual development, and looking at how this links to classroom practice
  • Mathematics as a culturally situated and identity driven practice - by looking at national and international practice in mathematics education, and models of social representation and dialogical identity, we will discuss many of the often ignored impacts on learning and development
  • curricular change and development in teaching of mathematics, from ages 4 - 11, aligning teaching and subject knowledge, enabling you to identify areas for your own subject knowledge enhancement
  • ways of 'surveying' mathematical teaching and analysing attainment in your class/classes, and using this to plan interventions and 'next steps' around specific mathematical concepts.

Action Research (double module)

This double module supports you in reflecting upon and developing your practice by undertaking an action research project of your own choosing, in your own context.

It is intended that the results of this research should feed into a wider network of good practice. Session content is determined by the focus of the inquiries selected by students, adopting a 'learning set' approach.

Group seminars and workshops will provide a structured introduction to action research followed by the development of small working groups to support the stages of individual projects and provide peer group support. You will be introduced to relevant academic theory and research and have access to support material from the MA in Education online resources.

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Harcourt Hill Campus Oxford OX2 9AT South East

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