MA Mathematics Education

University of East Anglia Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Mathematics Education

University of East Anglia Faculty of Social Sciences

The MA Mathematics Education degree is one year full-time degree intended for mathematics graduates with an interest in education, practising mathematics teachers, mathematics teacher educators and other educational professionals. Teaching experience is welcome but so are applications from those just beginning or considering a career in mathematics education. The course is designed to allow a useful interchange of ideas between those with significant teaching experience.

The course introduces the study of mathematics education as an academic discipline and will acquaint you with elements from psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and history of mathematics that influence mathematics education research. Training will be provided in the methodology of educational research and you will have the opportunity to pursue an individual specialist topic within mathematics education under the supervision of a member of the Research in Mathematics Education Group (RME).

The course consists of taught modules and a dissertation. The three mathematics education modules will provide a broad introduction to the study of mathematics education as an academic discipline. The research methods and critical reading modules introduce methods used in educational research and provide opportunities for you to work on specialist topics within mathematics education. You will also have the opportunity to complete an extended piece of research-based study in mathematics education in the form of a dissertation. There is also the choice of an optional module, which includes a module on quantitative research methods in education. For further detail of the modules on offer, please see the Course Profile tab.

The Mathematics Education Group (RME)

Established in 2003, the RME Group at the University of East Anglia is a growing and vibrant community of researchers in mathematics education with a variety of research interests which range across the educational levels (primary, secondary and tertiary), as well as across educational research methods.

Our work has been supported by funders such as the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, the Higher Education Academy, the Learning and Teaching Support Network, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, the Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Council of Canada. Our collaborations, both in teaching exchanges and research, with several EU countries have been supported by the Erasmus, Socrates and Comenius programmes.

Much of our research is conducted in close collaboration with UEA's School of Mathematics and group members currently hold collaborations with mathematics education researchers from across the UK and overseas (e.g. Brazil, Canada, Greece and Israel). The work of the Research in Mathematics Education (RME) group spans across several areas of mathematics education research. We particularly focus on: teaching and learning of mathematics at the post-compulsory level (upper secondary and university mathematics); assessment practices in higher education mathematics; social, emotional and cognitive aspects of students' engagement in the secondary mathematics classroom; secondary mathematics teachers' pedagogical and epistemological beliefs; mathematics in the primary years; the use of educational technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject: Social Science or Mathematics
  • Degree Classification: UK 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements: Relevant teaching experience desirable
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 17, 2015
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1 year
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Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Norwich, England
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