• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
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.
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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.

What you will study

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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

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

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General 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. The normal requirements for English language skills are explained on our website.
  • Your own knowledge of algebra should be at, or above, the level of a B in GCSE maths, or you could have studied Mathematical thinking in schools (ME620).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1506 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1506 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1506 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1506 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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