Developing geometric thinking
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the learning of geometry particularly at Key Stages 2–4. This module integrates development of the core ideas of geometry with relevant pedagogical constructs and principles, and will extend your awareness of how people learn and use geometry. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete the module assessment, you will need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics.
What you will study
The module is designed to:
- develop your geometric thinking
- raise your awareness of the importance of learners thinking geometrically for themselves
- provide experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
- develop your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of geometry
- develop your knowledge and understanding of the geometry which underpins KS2–4.
The module consists of four blocks, covering the following:
Block 1: invariance, language and points of view, reasoning based on invariant properties, visualising and representing.
Block 2: invariance in measurement, measuring areas and volumes, geometrical reasoning, visualising.
Block 3: transformations and invariants, language and points of view, reasoning with transformation geometry, visualising transformations.
Block 4: themes and structure, powers, constructs and strategies.
Read the full content list here.
You will learn
Successful study of this module should enhance your skills in:
- communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
- explaining mathematical ideas to others.
This module may help you to gain membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). For further information, see the IMA website.
The module is open to anyone aged 18 or over, though it particularly has in mind teachers, teaching assistants, home-school parents and special educational needs co-ordinators.
You do need to have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English to study successfully with us. Poor language skills will make study more difficult, and it will take longer. The normal requirements for English language skills are explained on our website.
Your own knowledge of geometry should be at or above the level of a B in GCSE maths, or you could have studied Mathematical thinking in schools (ME620).
It is recommended that you study ME620 before this module as it provides a useful background in mathematics education and you are more likely to successfully complete this OU level 3 module.
If you are considering taking ME627 alongside another OU module, please bear in mind that the workload for this one alone is around 12 hours a week.
In order to complete the module assessment, you will need to work with a learner or learners who will be pleasantly challenged by secondary school-level mathematics. It is feasible for friends or family members to act as your learners, but it is preferable if you can work with some secondary age children.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
You'll have access to a module website, which includes:
- a week-by-week study planner
- course-specific module materials
- audio and video content
- GeoGebra computer software and associated guidance
- assessment details, instructions and guidance
- online tutorial access.
You'll be provided with printed books covering the content of the module, including explanations, examples and activities to aid your understanding of the concepts and associated skills and techniques. You'll also receive a printed module handbook.
You will need
Access to interactive geometry software, such as Cabri Geometer or Geometer’s Sketchpad will be helpful, but not compulsory.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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