Postgraduate study in Mathematics Education

What can you study in Mathematics Education?

You can complete a graduate or postgraduate qualification in an Education or Science programme that includes topics such as:

  • Mathematics, statistics and technology education
  • The secondary mathematics curriculum
  • Measurement and advanced statistics
  • Knowledge and concepts in mathematics
  • Contemporary pedagogies
  • Teaching for scientific literacy
  • Exploring mathematical thinking
  • Understanding difficulties in number learning
  • Developing numeracy practice
  • Differentiating learning for mathematics
  • Practice-focused inquiry into teaching and learning of mathematics
  • Advanced mathematical thinking at secondary and tertiary levels
  • Cognition and learning
  • Problem solving, problem posing, defining, exemplifying
  • Proving and connecting
  • Mathematical creativity, talent, and giftedness
  • Design of mathematical resources
  • Effective mathematics lecturing and teaching

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Mathematics Education

Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Honours students can specialise in primary Mathematics and Science.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Primary) students all complete Mathematics and Statistics Education as a core component of the qualification.

Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) students must have completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics to specialise in teaching Mathematics in secondary schools. As well as core courses in the theory and practice of teaching, required courses in Mathematics Education may include EDCURSEC 603A/B Curriculum Statistics Education (15 points) and EDCURSEC 604A/B Senior Mathematics Education (15 points).

For postgraduate study in education explore the Mathematics Education courses that can be taken in a Bachelor of Education (Honours) or postgraduate study in Education, including postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters.

It is also possible to enrol in postgraduate courses or write a thesis in Mathematics Education as part of Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Master of Arts, Master of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or Science.

Master of Professional Studies in Mathematics Education 120-point (one-year) taught masters requires:

·  At least 45 points from ENGSCI 701–772, MATHS 701–789, STATS 701–703, 705 or 708–787

·  Up to 30 points from EDPROFST 787 or other 700-level courses approved by the Head of School of Curriculum and Pedagogy or the Programme Director

·  45 points from a dissertation, either EDPROFST 789, MATHS 785 or STATS 792

Courses offered as part of the Master of Professional Studies in Mathematics Education in 2021:

MATHS 703: What can be more practical than a good theory? - Summer semester, 2021

An analysis of theoretical perspectives that inform research in mathematics education. There will be a focus on learning theories, both social and psychological, and their implications for teaching and learning in mathematics. 

STATS 708: Topics in statistical education - Semester 1, 2021

Covers a wide range of research in statistics education at the school and tertiary level. There will be a consideration of, and an examination of, the issues involved in statistics education in the curriculum, teaching, learning, technology, and assessment areas.

MATHS 702: Mathematical processes in the curriculum - Semester 2, 2021

Historically, mathematics curricula have emphasised the what of mathematics (content), at the expense of considering the how. This course uses hands-on experiences and research literature to explore how to teach, learn, and do mathematics through processes such as communication, modelling, problem solving, and proving.

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Education and Social Work Student Centre or the Science Student Centre.

For a postgraduate adviser or the subject convenor please contact:

Dr Tanya Evans
Faculty of Science
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88783

Dr Ngaire Hoben
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Phone: +64 9 623 8899 ext. 87371

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