Policy and Practice in Numeracy/Mathematics - Advanced Professional Development [Level HE7] part-time
The course is aimed at educationalists with an interest in gaining an up-to-date overview of issues in adult numeracy. It focuses on key theoretical issues that impact on adult numeracy provision. You are likely to be working in the area of basic skills/numeracy and wish to develop your critical thinking skills in current educational approaches to numeracy and mathematics education.
This module aims to enhance your existing knowledge of the field of numeracy and mathematics education by critical analysis of government policy in this area. You will reflect on your experiences and observations as basic skills practitioners and will research, critique and analyse UK and international policy in numeracy and mathematics education. You will develop your knowledge of the historical development of numeracy provision and the impact policy decisions have on standards and achievement. Cultural origins will be debated and analysed in order to establish what impact these have on achievement and enjoyment of the subject.
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a certificate of credit for 20 credits at Level HE7. In addition, you may use these credits towards one of the Masters in Education degrees offered by the University of Bolton.
The syllabus covers the following content areas: political issues in numeracy; the history of adult numeracy provision and mathematical curriculum delivery; approaches to numeracy; numeracy in an international context, examination of current government policy approaches/ initiatives to improving adult numeracy skills and ethno-mathematics.
The course will be taught using a variety of methods such as lectures, case studies, course member contributions, group work and seminar presentations. You will be expected to use your experiences in basic skills/ numeracy to inform debate.
Assessment will be in the form of a written assignment of 4,500-5,000 words. You will: choose a contemporary issue in numeracy education of professional relevance; identify an appropriate research question (or questions) and plan ways to investigate the key issues; negotiate and agree the title of your assignment, the research question(s) and plan the action before proceeding and review the literature in the agreed area demonstrating evidence of breadth and depth of reading.
This module is part of a suite of professional development courses offered by the University of Bolton covering contemporary issues and developments in education. The modules are designed to equip you with advanced skills and knowledge as you progress in your career and take on additional levels of responsibility.
To gain a Masters in Education award you need 180 credits; 120 credits from undertaking advanced professional development courses or other selected modules and 60 credits from completing a dissertation. There has to be a balance between what are called option and core modules but this is straightforward and the Programme Leader can advise. The courses can be taken over a number of years, to fit in with your career and work/life balance. Most part-time students gain their Masters qualification in 2 to 3 years, but you can take up to 5 years if you wish.
You will have access to 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide WiFi, as well as one-to-one support from professional and highly experienced tutors.
This course is open to anyone with an interest in the teaching of adult numeracy.
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