Summer 2019 - EDUC 475 E200

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 4199

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SUR 3270, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU criminal records check.



Focuses on teaching elementary school mathematics. Students explore mathematical learning, their own mathematical thinking, and curriculum; and plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Quantitative.


This course is designed for prospective and practicing elementary school teachers who wish to explore the fundamentals of the learning/teaching process as it applies to mathematics. Through a process of inquiry and reflection, participants will be given the opportunity to make connections between students’ mathematics learning and their own mathematical thinking, and explore their own beliefs and values about teaching mathematics. On completion of the course it is hoped that participants will feel more at ease with the subject of mathematics, be able to deal confidently with the prescribed curriculum, gain a practical sense of how these ideas play out in the classroom, and be able to plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework.



There is no final exam for this course.

Students will be expected to attend all classes, and to participate fully in class work and discussions. The grade will be based on a variety of assignments (including both written assignments and classroom presentations). Specific details will be discussed during the first lesson.



Van de Walle, J., Karp, K., Bay-Williams, J., & McGarvey, L. (2018). Elementary and middle school mathematics: Teaching developmentally (Fifth Canadian edition). Scarborough, ON: Pearson Education Canada.

[This is the latest edition of the book, though previous editions of this text are also acceptable]
ISBN: 9780134095912

Registrar Notes:

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