EMAT 7050 Mathematics Instruction
Fall Semester 2014

Last modified on August 18, 2014     

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Course: EMAT 7050 Mathematics Instruction

James W. Wilson
110F Aderhold Hall
Telephone (706) 542-4552

FAX (706) 542-4551


Office hours: I maintain an open door policy for office hours. I come to the office early each morning (usually 7:30 to 8:00) and if I am not tied up in a meeting or talking to another student I am available to you.

Prerequisites for EMAT 7050:  Permission of the Department.   It is expected that students will have studied MATH 2210 or 2260 and completed other upper division mathematics classes appropriate for certification. If you have not studied differential and inferential calculus, discuss the situation with me.



Course Description.

The underlying theme for this course is to explore the scholarly and practical issues for secondary level mathematics teaching.     We are going to examine and interpret literature from throughout our field.  Our journey will touch on

-- Research on the teaching and learning of mathematics

-- Mathematics Understanding for Secondary Teaching

-- Historical and comtemporary developments in secondary mathematics teaching

-- Standards, in particular the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

-- Assessment

-- Issues and Practices

The goal here is to develop a strategy for mathematics teachers to develop the depth and breadth of mathematics study for teaching secondary mathematics.

The word "understanding" better conveys the point of view I want to encourage than the word "knowledge."    Therefore I will draw upon the framework of the Situations Project to focus on Mathematical Understanding for Secondary Teaching (MUST). 



Course Assignments


Participation in discussions, including leading . . .

Annotated bibliography entry each week

Two essays

Mid-term Examination

Final Examination


Grades and Requirements


Augusst 18 -- Course begins.  Class meets every Wednesday from 4:40 to 7:40

Weekly -- Input of at least one Annotated Bibliography item

October 15 --   First essay due.     Receive mid-term examination

October 22 -- Mid-term examination submitted.

December 5 -- Last class meeting.    Second essay due.   Receive Final Examination.

December 17 -- Final Examination due

December 22 --  Grades due


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