Course Identification

Mathematics module: Mathematical seminar for first year students

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Prof. Marita Barabash

Course Schedule and Location

First Semester
Tuesday, 16:15 - 18:00

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Science Teaching (non thesis MSc Track): Lecture; Obligatory; Regular; 2.00 points


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Courses taught in the first semester of the Rothschild-Weizmann porgram



Language of Instruction


Attendance and participation

Required in at least 80% of the lectures

Grade Type

Numerical (out of 100)

Grade Breakdown (in %)

written seminar work

Evaluation Type

Final assignment

Scheduled date 1


Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



In the Seminar, the participants will work on individual projects focused on school curriculum implementation of the courses in mathematics they have learned or are currently learning. The students will study and discuss a number of topics aimed at the impacts of higher-mathematical knowledge on teaching mathematics at school to various types of students.

In addition, the students will read and discuss papers relevant to the implementation of mathematics education research in the school curriculum and teaching.

 Some principal mathematical notions such as linearity, function, measure and measurement, invariance, algebraic structures, etc. are the core topics that will form the background of the seminar work.

The individual seminar work presented by the students will refer to both mathematical and educational studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the impact of their theoretical studies in mathematics on their teaching practices, attitudes, and beliefs.
  2. Design or adapt teaching units, lesson plans, or other teaching materials in the framework of the schools' curriculum, in view of the understandings formed during the courses of the program and in the seminar.
  3. Present and justify the teaching material in a lucid way in the class.

Reading List

Books and papers will be suggested to each student in compliance with his or her topic. As general background literature, the following books are examples of the recommended list:

  • Alan Sultan, Alice F. Artzt. The mathematics that every secondary school teacher needs to know. Routledge. (2017).
  • Courant, Robbins. What is mathematics?
  • Moise E. Elementary mathematics from an advanced standpoint
  • Davis, Hersh. The mathematical experience

More sources will be brought to the course during the lessons.