Foundational Issues in Learning Mathematics

Foundational Issues in Learning Mathematics
Introduction to research in mathematics learning; mathematical thinking; cognitive, social, and philosophical approaches to describing mathematics learning.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 2.0 Lecture, 2.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesTeaching certificate or completion of student teaching.
Course Outcomes


Students understand and can evaluate important issues, trends, theories, paradigms of research, and research findings in the field of mathematics education, as well as their implications for the teaching and learning of mathematics in the public schools, mathematics teacher development, and participation in mathematics education scholarship.

Identifying and Situating Research Problems

Students understand the importance of situating research problems and questions in the literature, and can identify important research problems and relate them to appropriate issues, trends, theories, paradigms, and findings in the literature.

Applying Scholarship to Teaching

Students can use their understanding of the important issues, trends, theories, paradigms, and findings in the field of mathematics to evaluate, reflect on, and improve their mathematics instruction.

Becoming a Professional

Students perceive themselves as emerging scholars and leaders in the field, and feel responsibility for and commitment to their own growth and the growth of the field.

Spiritual Stewardship

Students strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ in both their personal and professional lives, seek consistency between their understanding of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and principles of mathematics teaching and learning, and use this enriched understanding of teaching and learning to nurture the divine potential of all in their spheres of influence.