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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUM5 - Contemporary Issues and Possibilities in Mathematics Education

Course Description


This course focuses on contemporary issues and possibilities in mathematics education across a diverse range of contexts. Students will critically analyse, evaluate, and reflect on how mathematics education can stimulate innovation and create knowledge-based learning communities. Students will assess the efficacy of a range of approaches to mathematics education and their impact on educational engagement and learning. Students will have opportunities to read, discuss, and reflect on contemporary issues and practices related to mathematics education to build sound and coherent understanding of these contemporary issues and possibilities within UAE context.


Course Resources


Week 1


Development of Mathematics Curricula in the UAE and Globally
Required Reading



Week 2

The Role and Place of Technology in Mathematics Education

Engaging and empowering learning through technology
Teaching with technology
Creating a culture and conditions for innovation and change

Required Readings


Week 3

Teaching models and teaching methods in Mathematics.
Required Reading


Week 4


Principles & standards in mathematics curricula: Globally and in the UAE

Required Reading


Week 5

Metacognition in Mathematics Education: Current and Future Directions
What is the current state of research in the field of metacognition in mathematics education?
What are the best instructional practices for fostering learners’ metacognition in mathematics?

Required Reading

Recommended Reading


Week 6

Inquiry in Mathematics education
Inquiry in mathematics classrooms
Inquiry in the national mathematics education standards
Images of inquiry in K-12 classrooms
Classroom assessment and inquiry

Required Reading



Week 7

Diversity and Equity in Mathematics Education
Interventions aimed at addressing the inequities in mathematics teaching, learning, and assessment.
The role of pupil voice in mathematics education.

Required Readings


Week 8

Supporting teachers become creative, innovative, experimental practitioners through conducting classroom and school-based research

Creativity, innovation and learning
Creating a culture of creativity in schools and classrooms
Incorporating creativity into classroom practice across the
Assessing innovation and creativity

Required Readings


Week 9

Dialogic Teaching in Mathematics Education

Required Readings
Bakker, A., Smit, J., & Wegerif, R. (2015). Scaffolding and dialogic teaching in mathematics education: Introduction and review. ZDM, 47(7), 1047- 1065.
Worku, H., & Alemu, M. (2020). Dialogic teaching in a teacher education college: An analysis of teacher educator and pre-service teacher talk in physics classrooms. Null, 24(2), 169- 179.


Week 10

National and International Assessment
The alignment between national and international assessment frameworks (TIMSS & PISA)
Innovative practices to improve students’ performance in national and international assessments

Required Readings

Recommended Readings

  • Mullis, Ina V.S. & Martin, Michael O. (Eds.). (2017). TIMSS 2019 assessment frameworks. TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).
  • OECD. (2019). PISA 2018 Assessment and Analytical Framework. PISA, OECD Publishing.



Week 11

Challenges, Opportunities, and Possibilities in Mathematics Education
Integrating mathematics with other subjects (e.g. STEM)

Required Readings