Welcome to our new online Masters’ degree course which is aimed exclusively at current mathematics teachers who recognise that teaching is also a learning profession.
This resource represents a joint venture between Professor David Burghes from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) and Derek Robinson, Head of Mathematics at Bishop Luffa School in Chichester.
CIMT is a self-financing centre in the Faculty of Education at Plymouth University led by Professor David Burghes. It was set up some 25 years ago, initially at the University of Exeter, with a research and development focus, aiming to support and help teachers of mathematics to implement good practice, based on international evidence. It moved to the University of Plymouth in July 2005. Today CIMT continues to provide a thriving, innovative and enterprising facility for pedagogical research and development in the mathematical sciences.
Much of the Centre’s work is based on working with teachers or whole departments within a school to develop a collaborative approach to professional development based on Japanese Lesson study. Japanese Lesson study is a school-based professional development initiative that follows the highly acclaimed Japanese approach to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics.
James Stigler (2000) stated that “the key to long term improvement is to figure out how to generate, share and accumulate professional knowledge.” We believe that Japanese Lesson Study does exactly that.
To support this approach, CIMT has designed a suite of Modules (at M Level), originally funded by the TDA (Training and Development Agency) for personal professional development (PPD) in mathematics education at both primary and secondary levels. These modules have been redesigned around the questions “How do I become a better teacher?” and “What is great instruction?” and can be delivered in a variety of modes.
This approach to professional development is is modelled on international evidence of what makes “great instruction” and is designed to help teachers to develop a reflective, critical analysis of their own practice.
Recently, CIMT have been at the forefront of developing the SKE+ course, which is funded by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and commenced January 2013. It is designed for secondary teachers (with QTS) who do not have sufficient subject knowledge to teach up to and including current GCSE Higher Level Mathematics. Teachers enrolled on this course can also enrol for the online masters programme at reduced rates.
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