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Developing Algebraic Thinking, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Developing Algebraic Thinking programme offered by The Open University UK is for you if you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of the learning of algebra particularly at Key Stages 2–4.

About

The Developing Algebraic Thinking programme offered by The Open University UK integrates development of the core ideas of algebra with relevant pedagogical constructs and principles, and will extend your awareness of how people learn and use algebra. 

There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you'll need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. There will be individual telephone tutorials rather than face-to-face group tutorials, and some tutors may offer online tutorials.

Successful study of this module should enhance your skills in:

  • communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
  • explaining mathematical ideas to others.
Vocational relevance

This module has particular vocational relevance for teachers, trainers, teaching assistants or anyone aspiring to teach or communicate mathematics. It provides opportunities to consider how we learn algebra and introduces some potential new approaches to teaching and learning. You’ll learn to communicate about mathematics and identify mathematical learning.

Professional recognition

This module may help you to gain membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 5 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

The module is designed to:

  • develop your algebraic thinking
  • raise your awareness of the importance of learners expressing generality for themselves
  • provide experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
  • develop your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of algebra
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of the mathematics which underpins Key Stage 2–4.

The module consists of four blocks of work. Each block has four chapters, which have recurring themes:

  • expressing generality
  • mathematical powers and themes
  • symbol use
  • use of technology.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • The module is open to anyone aged 18 or over, though it is intended particularly for teachers, teaching assistants, home-school parents and special educational needs coordinators.
  • You do need to have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English to study successfully with us. Poor language skills will make study more difficult, and it will take longer.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 months.
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