|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||MAT/04|
You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
The course of Mathematics Education is the last course devoted to mathematics and its teaching and learning. Through its content (competencies regarding argumentation) it allows to revise some important contents of previous courses in the perspective of planning the teaching of mathematics
The main goal of the course is the development of the prospective teachers’ awareness of the relevance of argumentative activities in mathematics, with reference to both present National Guidelines for Curriculum, and their intrinsic formative value. Such awareness will be developed through activities that will be aimed: to identify (by using Toulmin’s model) argumentation in pupils’ texts; to task design, in order to promote pupils’ argumentative competencies; to exploit argumentative activities in order to review basic mathematics concepts in the classroom. Proposed activities will be referred to the present National Guidelines for Curriculum; specific attention will be paid to pupils’ approach to argumentation in kindergarten and in the early grades of primary school.
With reference to the “Goals for the development of competencies” of the National Guidelines for Curricula in mother school and in primary school, the course aims at the development of competencies that are crucial for basic enculturation in Mathematics, for further studies and for citizenship, by selecting objectives that are suggested by the main teachers’ planning and students’ learning difficulties identified in the school. The development of students’ argumentative competencies will be the main thread of the course; such competencies will be connected to the students’ operational and reflective mastery of basic mathematics contents already dealt with in previous course (see Program).
The contents of the courses
By continuity with previous courses, the lectures will include individual students’ work on worksheets (other worksheets will be filled at home), classroom discussions (guided by the teacher) on students’ productions, and teacher’s explanations.
Students will be requested to produce (in groups) detailed field notes on classroom activities; those field notes will be revised by the teacher and finally will be the reference for students’ homework and their preparation to the final evaluation.
Students with DSA, disability or other special educational needs are recommended to contact the professor at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and exam methods which, according to the course’s objectives, take into account the modalities individual learning and provide suitable compensatory tools”
Argumentation: Toulmin’s model to characterize it; Toulmin’s model as a tool for task design and for the analysis of students’ argumentative productions. In such a perspective argumentation will be connected to the development of students’ operational and reflective competencies on the following contents:
- numbers and digits (particularly as concerns the decimal-position number representation system)
- properties in the set of natural numbers and arithmetic operations (multiples and sub-multiples, prime numbers, etc.): examples and counter-examples, general properties
- key geometry concepts (angle, parallelism, perpendicularity, length and surface measures) and key elementary probability concepts.
During the course peculiar attention will be addressed to the synergy between the development of argumentative competencies in mathematics and in other disciplines (sciences, grammar).
The worksheets of the course (which also provide elements of theory) and the field notes revised by the teacher are the basic references for students.
According to their interests further texts and websites will be suggested.
For international students, texts and articles in English are available on request. The exam can be taken in English in the prescribed manner”
Office hours: writing an email to the teacher at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
ELISABETTA ROBOTTI (President)
On September, 22 at 12:00 a.m.
The exam will be an individual written 2-hours assessment. It will take place in attendance or online according to the University regulations due to the pandemic .
Assessment criterium: The final individul report will be compared with the filled worksheets and with the final individual assessment test.
For students who will not attend at least 16 hours of lectures out of 24 a tutored learning program is offered, with a final written 4-hours exam on the whole program of the course. Students should contact the teacher at the address email@example.com