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Further Topics in Mathematics Teaching

Course Code: MSTE 5330
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 5.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Building on the examination of the BC mathematics curricula in MSTE 5130, students will further explore emerging trends and topics in mathematics teaching. Students will develop techniques for implementing new curricula and gain confidence with technology. They will explore and build strategies for modeling computational thinking in mathematics and across the K-8 curricula.

Course Content

Topics will be chosen by the instructor in consultation with students from the following:

  • Coding and programming
  • Computational thinking
  • Geometry (and applications) via technology
  • Data analysis
  • Student assessment
  • Aboriginal mathematics
  • Problem solving
  • History of mathematics
  • Infographics
  • Other topics chosen by the instructor

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

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on 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

Throughout this course, students will:

  • Continue to apply mathematical knowledge and critical thinking skills to facilitate evaluation of varieties of approaches to teaching mathematics, in order to better facilitate children’s development of both conceptual knowledge and procedural skills as begun in MSTE 5130.
  • Design activities for elementary and middle school students that foster mathematical "habits of mind".
  • Develop techniques for encouraging mathematical thinking and modeling across the curriculum.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) promotion in an elementary or middle school classroom.
  • Apply technology effectively in a mathematics classroom.
  • Develop presentation techniques using traditional and technological media.

course prerequisites

MSTE 5130





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.