to create a positive attitude towards mathematics through an
examination of topics relevant to the study of mathematics at the elementary
school level. Topics include numeral systems, number theory, nature of
algebra and geometry. Intended primarily, but not exclusively, for Education
students in the P/J stream.
Exclusions:Not open to any student who has taken or is taking another
university mathematics course unless permission of the course coordinator is
The main objective of this course is to provide opportunities for students
to develop a positive attitude towards mathematics and to achieve success
in thinking mathematically. The course has been designed with prospective
elementary and middle school teachers as the principal intended audience.
All students who feel that their background in mathematics is incomplete,
or whose past experiences have caused them to avoid mathematics, are
particularly encouraged to take this course.
Topics (for example, numbers and number systems, graphs and networks,
symmetry and patterns, growth and form, change, statistics, and the role
of mathematics in society) will be chosen on the basis of their relevance
to the formative and transition years' curriculum. An exploratory
approach will be used in which students will work in small groups on
selected problems and projects. Throughout, the focus will be on
developing students' reading, writing, speaking
and listening skills in communicating
mathematics to each other and to an audience.
The final grade will be based on a combination of assignments, projects
and participation. The specific breakdown will be discussed and decided
upon in the first class.
Coordinator: Pat Rogers