Summer 2019 - EDUC 375 D100

Struggle with Mathematics: Sources and Recovery (3)

Class Number: 5382

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 2503, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Causes of Mathematics risk and anxiety from both a conceptual and a dispositional point of view. Exploration of different remediation strategies. Enhancement of personal mathematical skills through immersion in a problem-solving environment. The role of mathematical competence in society and job market. This course is designed for prospective secondary teachers not working in a Mathematics or Science specialization. As such, students with sufficient credit to receive a minor in Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry will not receive credit for this course. Students who have credit for or are currently enrolled in EDUC 415 or EDUC 475 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


This course will explore causes of mathematics risk and anxiety from both a conceptual and a dispositional point of view. A variety of different remediation strategies will be examined and various methods for approaching the teaching and learning of mathematics will be modelled and explored in order to minimize or alleviate anxiety. It is expected that students’ mathematical ability will be enhanced through immersion in a problem solving environment. The role of mathematical competence in society and the job market will also be discussed. Through engagement with selected readings, classroom discussion, and collaborative inquiry, students will explore and develop their own beliefs and values about mathematics in an educational setting, while being cognizant of the impact of mathematics anxiety.


  • Play/Parody Assignment 25%
  • Mathematics Problem Solving Portfolio 25%
  • Paper/Project 25%
  • Class Participation 25%


There is no final exam for this course.



There is no dedicated textbook for this course.

Required Readings for EDUC 375 will include a combination of journal articles and book chapters that have been selected to support the aims of this course. These readings can be downloaded each week from Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.