Contemporary Methodologies in Teaching Mathematics   [Archived Catalog]
2022-2023 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

ED 549 - Contemporary Methodologies in Teaching Mathematics

3 Credit(s)
This course focuses on the advanced theoretical and practical aspects of teaching mathematics to students in a diverse classroom. In keeping with the cognitive theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, brain research, and Gardner, emphasis will be placed on the implications of a constructivist theory in terms of the role of the teacher, the classroom environment and student learning. This methodology course addresses the planning of content-specific instruction and delivery of content consistent with state adopted (K-8) mathematics standards and the language needs of all learners. The interrelated components of a balanced program of mathematics and the fostering of positive attitudes toward mathematics are stressed. This course includes instruction in how to model concepts and teach learners to solve problems using multiple strategies and to anticipate, recognize and clarify mathematical misunderstandings that are common among (K-8) learners. Modifications for diverse learners and learners with exceptionalities are researched and applied through 15 hours of fieldwork experience. Technology for teaching and learning is integrated in the course. It is through this course that each student completes the CalTPA task "Designing Instruction" as a performance- based measure of the knowledge and skills taught in this course.