Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

UAS: Mathematics Education and Communication

Course summary

Course code: MATH1057
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Mathematical Sciences
Course Coordinator(s): Noel-Ann Bradshaw

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Pass level 5 of a mathematics degree.

Aims

This project, conducted under the framework of the national Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS), allows undergraduates to gain academic credit for their work in schools and colleges. The undergraduate will aim to develop a range of skills and to be presented with an opportunity to experience an early taste of teaching for those interested in pursuing teaching as a career. The undergraduate will be expected to work in a school once a week, for a duration of up to 6 months. The project will also help to inspire a new generation of prospective Mathematics and Statistics undergraduates by providing role models for school pupils and to help improve exam results in general by providing extra assistance in the classroom. For further information see the UAS documentation. Learning Outcomes A-E and the course content are drawn from the UAS framework. This course includes the PDP element for Level 5.

The course will encourage them to appreciate disciplines and forms of professional practice beyond mathematics, and draw connections between them, encourage them to recognise and create opportunities, and respond effectively to unfamiliar or unprecedented situations or problems and enable them to communicate clearly and effectively, in a range of forms, taking account of different audiences.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Analyse and evaluate the standard teaching methods and be able to prepare lesson plans and teaching materials.
2. Be able to understand the needs of individuals, and to handle difficult and potentially disruptive situations.
3. Improve on "Public Speaking", "Communication Skills", "Presentation Skills" & "Team Working".
4. Gain the ability to improvise, give (and receive) feedback, and have organisational, prioritisation and negotiating skills.
5. Understand staff responsibilities and possess interpersonal skills when dealing with colleagues.
6. Critically reflect on your experience in school or college and on practical issues in the classroom.
7. Communicate your experience to peers and staff, both in an oral presentation and in a written report.
8. Evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses identified during the placement.

Indicative content

The undergraduate will be expected to satisfactorily complete a DBS check and to seek and secure a place in a school, with assistance from the UAS School Co-ordinator, prior to the commencement of Stage 6. Before the undergraduate begins at the school they will be supported by receiving a training session on teaching. The session will provide the undergraduate with an introduction to working with children, conduct in the school environment, child protection issues and basic teaching methods. At the school, the undergraduate will be matched with a specific teacher that will act as mentor and assessor to the undergraduate during the course. They will offer guidance to the undergraduate during their weekly interaction and determine the level of responsibility and special projects given to them. The university will also provide a tutor to the undergraduate and the tutor will be the point of contact with the school mentor. The undergraduate will be required to assist teachers in the school for a duration of up to6 months.

Teaching and learning activity

Training sessions will be held prior to the commencement at the school/college.
The undergraduate will have to visit their chosen school/college once a week, observing and assisting the assigned teacher(s).
The special project will be carried out with the collaboration and consent of the school/college.
Work plan(s) for the day will be designed by the undergraduate and the teacher(s).

Assessment

Summative assessment:
Logbook - 30%
Undergraduates must document and reflect on their weekly activities and participation: Learning Outcomes 1-6.

Presentation - 20%
A presentation about their work as a teaching assistant, to peers and staff, addressing all learning outcomes (1-8).

Report - 50%
A reflective report on the student experience, addressing all learning outcomes (1-8).

Formative assessment: Weekly logbook uploads