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Developing Geometric Thinking, Short Course

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Develop your knowledge and understanding of the learning of geometry particularly at Key Stages 2–4 by studying the Developing Geometric Thinking programme offered by The Open University UK.  


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

There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. 

The module is designed to:

  • develop your geometric thinking
  • raise your awareness of the importance of learners thinking geometrically 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 geometry
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of the geometry which underpins KS2–4.

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. 

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 geometry 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

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

The module consists of four blocks:

  • Block 1: invariance, language and points of view, reasoning based on invariant properties, visualising and representing.
  • Block 2: invariance in measurement, measuring areas and volumes, geometrical reasoning, visualising.
  • Block 3: transformations and invariants, language and points of view, reasoning with transformation geometry, visualising transformations.
  • Block 4: themes and structure, powers, constructs and strategies.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • The module is open to anyone aged 18 or over, though it particularly has in mind teachers, teaching assistants, home-school parents and special educational needs co-ordinators.
  • Your own knowledge of geometry should be at or above the level of a B in GCSE maths.
  • It is recommended that you study ME620 before this module as it provides a useful background in mathematics education and you are more likely to successfully complete this OU level 3 module.

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