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Teaching Mathematics

Course Code: MSTE 5130
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

The BC K-12 mathematics curriculum will be examined with the critical eye of the experienced teacher in order to deeply understand the underlying philosophy as well as the practical considerations of teaching mathematical skills, conceptual development, the role of problem-solving, integration of mathematics within other disciplines and how and why teachers assess learning.

Course Content

Curriculum Study

  • Critical review of the BC K-12 mathematics curriculum to develop a clear understanding of the philosophy of the curriculum and the nature of the processes and pathways.
  • Mathematical problem-solving: what it is and how to foster it.
  • The practical matter of balancing conceptual understanding with skill development.
  • Critical evaluation and comparison of approaches to presenting selected curriculum topics.
  • Integrating mathematics into other school curricula.
  • Assessing mathematical understanding and achievement.  What do we do with the information obtained?
  • Review of online resources for teaching, learning, integrating and assessing mathematical skills and problem-solving.

Problem solving

  • Study of the techniques of mathematical problem-solving from a pedagogical perspective.
  • Practice of problem-solving techniques.

“Popular mathematics”

  • Discussion of remarkable historical mathematical figures.
  • Review of popular mathematical books.

Methods of Instruction

This course will be run in a seminar format.  Participants will be required to pre-read materials in order to prepare for in-class discussion of the issues.  Discussion will take place both face-to-face during scheduled class times and online via discussion groups.

Means of Assessment

Specific course evaluation procedures will be provided to participants in the first week of classes.  Such procedures will be consistent with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy and will be formative in nature, consisting of some or all of the following:

Seminar participation 0-20%
Weekly online postings/responses 0-20%
Presentations 0-20%
Assignments (e.g. journal, lesson plans, projects, web research, problem-solving, book review) 40-70%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Thoroughly understand the BC Mathematics IRP for K-7 including an appreciation for how the material connects to IRPs for Mathematics 8, 9 and beyond. 
  • Be able to articulate philosophical and practical goals and objectives of mathematics education.
  • Create mathematics lesson plans that meet the goals of the curriculum, are grounded in a solid understanding of the mathematical content, engage students, and are integrated with other school curricula as appropriate.
  • Apply mathematical knowledge and critical thinking skills to facilitate evaluation of varieties of approaches to teaching particular mathematics topics, in order to better facilitate children’s development of both conceptual knowledge and procedural skills.
  • Appreciate the rewards and challenges of “the mathematical experience”, acquired through engagement in mathematical problem-solving activities and sessions.
  • Have a greater awareness of available resources beyond the IRPs, including popular mathematical literature and web-based materials.

course prerequisites

Acceptance to program

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.