EDUC42840 Maths Pedagogy in Placement

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module builds on modules EDUC42800 and aims to further develop students’ pedagogical content knowledge required to teach mathematics at post-primary level. This module will particularly focus on Junior Cycle Mathematics and on the skills required of student teachers who are on continuous school placement. As part of lectures, pedagogical issues related to mathematics reform will be discussed, as relevant to the research literature in mathematics education.
During this module students will engage directly with the Irish post-primary curriculum and will further explore teaching and learning approaches associated with introducing and developing mathematics topics. Students will construct lesson plans according to the content met in lectures and will be encouraged to develop and reflect on appropriate strategies to facilitate the development of mathematical understanding and skills for all learners. Students will also be introduced to further resources and curriculum materials related to teaching and learning mathematics.
Students will be engaged in critical reflection on their practice and will reflect on their learning over the course of the trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be enabled to:
• Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the mathematics curriculum for Junior Cycle and demonstrate an ability to communicate this knowledge in an accessible, engaging, and informative way.
• Design lesson and unit plans that reflect a variety of teaching methodologies and assessment strategies that are aligned with curriculum content.
• Be familiar with literature on mathematics education research and reflect on their own pedagogical practices relative to the literature.
• Reflect on learners who have additional needs in the classroom and develop appropriate strategies in mathematics to facilitate their learning.
• Critically reflect on their own teaching and learning as pre-service teachers of mathematics
• Critically reflect on the development of their Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (Ball et al. 2008) as a result of the first trimester of their continuous school placement.
• Critically reflect on their identity as a post-primary mathematics teacher.

Indicative Module Content:

Pedagogy and assessment for teaching Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Maths

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Research informed class discussions & lectures 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Reflective essay on the development of Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching over the duration of the year. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Project: Lesson plan and reflection Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Journal: Weekly reflections Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Reflective modes Rubric informed

Name Role
Dr Brian Carroll Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mary Cunneen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Quentin Heaney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Miss Annie Patton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Irene Stone Lecturer / Co-Lecturer