COURSE NUMBER: 
EDUC 307 
COURSE TITLE: 
Issues and Methods in Elementary Mathematics Teaching 
NAME OF
INSTRUCTOR: 
Dr. Wendy Stienstra 
CREDIT WEIGHT
AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: 
credits 3 (hrs lect 3  hrs sem 0  hrs lab 1) 
COURSE
DESCRIPTION: 
This course examines foundational and methodological
issues in teaching elementary mathematics. It provides an
overview of the elementary mathematics curriculum, both in content and
theories of instruction. Using problem solving in context,
this course explores the development of children’s understanding of key
ideas in mathematics and examines the role of mathematical discussion
the development of mathematical reasoning and the use of
assessment for learning.
This course is open only for students in the B.Ed. (AD) programs. 
REQUIRED TEXTS: 
Available from the Bookstore:
 Van de Walle, J. A. & Folk, S.
(2015). Elementary and middle school mathematics:
Teaching developmentally (4th Canadian ed.).
Toronto: Pearson Allyn and Bacon.
Available online:
 Alberta Mathematics Programs of Study
 http://education.alberta.ca/teachers/program/math/programs.aspx
 http://education.alberta.ca/media/645594/kto9math.pdf

MARK
DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT: 

Math Autobiography and Reflection  20% 
Social Justice Assignment  25% 
Reflection on Role Plays  30% 
Focused Observation: Video Clip response  25% 

100% 

COURSE
OBJECTIVES: 
The goals of this course are that students will:
 gain an overview of the mathematics curriculum from
K9: the content and the underpinning theories of instruction.
 critique the current reform in mathematics education
 gain some knowledge of the outstanding issues in
mathematics education.
 develop an understanding of the developmental
landscape of children’s mathematical knowledge and the role of big
ideas.
 develop a repertoire of resources, both instructional
and theoretical.
 develop effective pedagogical strategies in
mathematics.
 develop the ability to use mental math to follow
mathematical explanations of students and conduct mathematical
discussions.
 develop flexible mathematical reasoning to understand
adequately children’s personal math.
 identify any personal areas of content knowledge
weakness.
 believe that they are capable of both doing math and
teaching math

COURSE OUTLINE: 
 Contexts for Doing Math
 Doing Mathematics
 Learning/Teaching Mathematics
 Area & Perimeter Activity
 Inquiry & Discourse
 Planning Lessons
 Number Sense  Landscape of Learning
 Addition & Subtraction
 Place Value  Landscape
 Multiplication & Division
 Math and Social Justice
 Planning: Social Justice Problems
 Fractions
 Assessment
 Patterns & Relations
 Real Life Math
 Deepening Number Concept Measurement
 Pulling it all together
