Macmillan Education is partnering with the University of Southampton and FutureLearn in the creation of two new online courses on the FutureLearn platform.
The new courses focus on Asian-style maths teaching. With Singapore, South Korea and Japan boasting the highest-achieving primary and secondary school students in maths and science – according to the 2016 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) – Macmillan and Southampton have designed their courses to help teachers and parents understand what makes those methods so successful.
The first of the courses, World Class Maths: Asian Teaching Methods, focuses on a range of teaching principles and explains the reasons behind their global success. Learners will also compare the performance of maths education in their own countries and explore the importance of teachers’ professional development in high-performing education systems.
The second course, World Class Maths: Asian Teaching Practice, examines the subject in greater depth. Learners will design lesson plans and teaching tasks so that they can integrate Asian-style maths teaching methods into their own classroom practice. The course has a range of content, including videos, interactive tasks, online discussion forums, quizzes and directed readings. The course ends with an optional task in which the learner designs a lesson plan, which will help to draw together everything learned during the course.
Professor Fan, Lead Educator of the courses and expert in Asian maths education from the University of Southampton, says: “I think Asian maths teaching methods and practices have unique principles to offer anyone who wants to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics at school and at home. We are delighted to be working with Macmillan Education and FutureLearn through these online courses to share our research, knowledge, and experience in this area with teachers, parents and anyone who is interested”.
World Class Maths is open for enrolment now and starts on 7th May.