To help you feel prepared for your BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics Education studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more:
You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
In the meantime, you might like to begin your reading before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest that you do some background reading on the teaching of mathematics in schools using the following:
- Teaching mathematics in the secondary school (Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher), by Paul Chambers, and Robert Timlin, 2019.
- Learning to Teach Mathematics in the Secondary School: A Companion to School Experience (Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series), by Sue Johnston-Wilder, Peter Johnston-Wilder, David Pimm and Clare Lee. 2010.
Free online course
This FREE course will support students in making the transition to university as smooth as possible, through consolidation of essential A level Mathematics skills across a wide range of the subject content. The course enables students to learn more about topics they will meet in their first-year studies and provides opportunities to explore topics in greater depth using suggestions for wider reading.Access the free online course
Keeping up to date with the latest developments in the education world is a great way to prepare for your course. Here are some websites that we think you’ll find useful. And you should also try and find some good websites of your own:
We have created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for your course and enhance your professional profile.
We recommend that you keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work as they may well come in useful in the future.
During the course you’ll complete a subject knowledge audit and file for mathematics taught at GCSE and A Level. So, using the resources that are available on The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) you can evaluate your understanding of the mathematics you will be teaching and explore ideas on how to develop. Visit the NCETM website to get started.
Here are some useful resources for your to use to start to develop your knowledge prior to starting your programme.
Throughout the course you’ll study mathematics at degree level which covers key areas of pure mathematics relating to Linear Algebra, Algebraic Structure, and Calculus. You’ll also study Inferential Statistics, Statistical Modelling and Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics. We suggest taking a look through the following:
- Revisit common calculus topics in any A Level textbook you may already have such as: Differentiating using: the chain rule, the product rule and the quotient rule; and integrating using: by-parts, substitution, and reverse of the Chain rule. Also other topics such as: angle identities, double angles and compound angles.
- Read: Schaum’s Outline of Discrete Mathematics by Seymour Lipschutz
- Read: An Introduction to Algebraic Structures, by Joseph Landin
At Edge Hill we support the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics, so you’ll need access to a graphical calculator which you’ll be able to borrow from the Catalyst when you join the course.