2023-2024 / PEDA4047-1

Teaching and learning of mathematics in basic and low secondary education, part 1


20h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in education (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Isabelle Demonty, Annick Fagnant


Annick Fagnant

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Part 1 is focused on problem solving in mathematics.
Several themes are developed including the role of problems in teaching and learning mathematics,  teachers' beliefs, students' difficulties, the features of problem solving for learners from 5 to 14 years old, the importance of problems solving in the external assessments in mathematics (CEB / CE1D, PISA, ...),...

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students will understand the underlying theoretical foundations of the different themes and better understand some aspects of the cognitive development of pupils towards mathematics learning to :
- identify issues related to problem solving ; - (better) interpret errors, difficulties and informal strategies of students - take a critical look at different teaching and learning activities and at different systems of assessment of knowledge and competencies in mathematics.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The methodology will consist of alternating theoretical presentations, analyses of student productions and analyses of teaching / learning activities.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is organized in the form of face-to-face modules of 3 hours each, including theoretical course and the follow up of the practical work.

The course is completed by the realization of a practical work and a written report.

Recommended or required readings

The ppt (and associated notes taking) form the basis of the course. Ppt will be available on eCampus.
A reading file will alos be available for some chapters.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Additional information:

The report about the practical work (PW) will be account for 20% of the overall score. If this report is missing, the mark for this course will be "0".
Furthermore, any serious deficiency (score < 8) in one of the two parts of the assessment (exam or PW) leads to a serious failure for the entire course.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

No major organizational changes, but slides and course notes may undergo various modifications and updates.

The theme and instructions for the practical work are different from last year.


Annick Fagnant - afagnant@uliege.be

Isabelle Demonty - isabelle.demonty@uliege.be

Yannick Lonhay - ylonhay@uliege.be (assistant)

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