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The College of Education

Department of Mathematics Education

Introduction

The department aims at providing an academic background for students pursuing careers in teaching mathematics. We prepare highly capable prospective secondary school teachers by training them to have knowledge of mathematics and teaching skills. The detailed objectives are to prepare:

  1. 1. Well-trained professionals who have a wide scientific knowledge in the various fields of mathematics
  2. 2. Innovative professionals who have systematic teaching abilities by training them in logical and analytical thinking
  3. 3. Excellent professionals who can conduct independent research in Mathematics Education.

This department also supervises and sponsors the Research Association of Mathematics Education and Technology (RAMET). This creates a great variety of output to be utilized in Engineering Education for Mathematics with initiatives to develop instruction methods and to introduce innovative approaches to teaching mathematics at secondary school level.

Currently, the department has five outstanding professors who majored in Analysis, Algebra, Geometry, and Mathematics Education. They provide advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in these diverse fields of mathematics, leading students to become accomplished experts.

History

The Department of Mathematics Education was established in October 1981 and the current yearly enrollment is 30. Since our first graduation in 1986, we have been continuously preparing competent secondary school math teachers and over 600 have graduated as of now. Most graduates are working as math teachers in public and private secondary schools, as research fellows, or as professionals in the corporate sector.

Job Prospects

Most of our graduates are teachers at secondary school level. They have found employment all across the nation, including Daegu, Ulsan, Incheon, Gyeongbuk, and Gyeonggi. Some have completed graduated school and are working as professors while others are employed at research institutes and business corporations.

The strength of the department is that many well-educated graduates have passed the teacher certification examination. In 2012, fifteen students passed the national examination for public middle schools and high schools and six students became teachers at private secondary schools. One student who graduated from our department in 2011 recorded the highest national examination score in the Daegu school district. Our graduates are skilled teachers whose expertise is based on in-depth mathematical knowledge and a passion for student guidance.

Faculty

  • Jin Hwan Kim, Professor

    - Yeungnam Univ., Geometry

    kimjh@ynu.ac.kr
  • Park Sun Yong, Professor

    - Seoul National Univ., mathematics education

    polya@yu.ac.kr
  • Cho,Cheong-Soo, Professor

    - Oregon State Univ. , Mathematics Education

    chocs@ynu.ac.kr
  • Choi, Youngook, Professor

    - Univ. of California at Riverside, Algebra

    ychoi824@yu.ac.kr

※ sorted by the position and Korean name

Curriculum

Department Of Mathematics Education

Curriculum
1-1
CALCULUS I
Calculus(1) covers the following: Sequences, limits and continuity of functions of single variable, derivatives, properties of derivatives, differentiation rules, higher order derivatives, applications of derivatives, definite integrals, indefinite integrals, properties of integrals, integration rules, applications of integrals, infinite series power series.
1-1
MATRICES AND DETERMINANTS
Matrix and determinant are one of the basic and powerful tools of the fields of applied mathematics. This course provides elementary theories of solving a system of linear equations, elementary operations of real vectors, basic concepts of real matrix theory and real vector spaces and their applications.
1-1
PRACTICAL CHINESE(I)
This course is for students just beginning to learn Chinese. The most difficult aspect of learning Chinese is pronunciation. So, first of all, in this course students will learn how to pronounce Chinese correctly. Then, through topics of daily life conversation, students will learn the basic communication skills Chinese as well as basic grammar.
1-1
PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students develop basic English verbal skills in real life situations. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with basic English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to practice speaking English utilizing basic English structures. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-1
SEMINAR FOR ACADEMIC LIFE
1. Summary of the course This course is to assist university freshmen in CRM designing to adapt university life well through the instruction and counselling of supervising professor. (This course is composed of self analysis, personality type test, career research, instruction for the success of university life, career plan and direction setting, CRM designing method and CRM designing. The course should be teaching in classes of the students by supervising professor.) 2. Course objectives This course is to motivate the students before the mid term exam and provide students with self analysis, personality type test (MBTI or TCI) and career research (YAT test). Also, this course shall has a plan to instruct the students to enhance the efficiency of university life through career and time management. In addition, this course is to make a chance for the students to have practical assistance to university life by providing study method, report designing strategy and the information on academic system and various kinds of internal programs of the university. After the mid term exam, the students will be instructed to set the direction of career designing through continuous counselling of supervising professor and the students will be able to establish CRM designing and execution plan.
1-1
STATISTICS(1)
This course defines events and probabilities, conditional probabilities and independence to evaluate probabilities. Elementary probability distributions such as binomial distribution, geometric distribution, Poisson distribution, and normal distribution are also introduced. The concepts of sample distribution of the statistic and the central limit theorem are introduced. The statistical inference including estimation and hypothesis testing of the mean and the standard deviation will be discussed.
1-1
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION
This course is an introductory course in Education for prospective teachers, regardless of their major and/or special subjects. This is one of the necessary requirements for teacher candidates being educated in colleges other than the college of education in Korea. The course is to study the various paradigms and concepts of education, representing different views on aim, content and method of education. A particular emphasis is given to identifying theoretical questions of education in order to grasp the problems of Korean education and find out their solutions.
1-2
ACADEMIC ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students increase their fluency and accuracy in English. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with an opportunity to practice English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to enhance their verbal skills by actively participating in classroom activities. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-2
CALCULUS II
Calculus(2) covers the following: vector valued functions, curves in spaces, limits and continuity of functions of multi variables, partial derivatives, properties of partial derivatives, partial differentiation rules, higher order partial derivatives, applications of partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, properties of multiple integrals, applications of multiple integrals, line integrals, Green's theorem, surface integrals, Stokes' theorem, divergence theorem.
1-2
CONVERGENCE- AND INTEGRATION-BASED THINKING AND WRITING
The ability of analyzing and solving problems is emphasized as one of the conditions for survival in the 21st century and one of the core elements of creative capabilities. This course was designed to cultivate convergence- and integration-based creative capabilities, which are integrated problem-solving capabilities to collect, analyze and process knowledge and information by reinforcing the ability of analyzing and solving problems, recreate it in a synthetic fashion, and express it effectively through speech and writing. The course will help the students cultivate their synesthesia thinking and communication skills based on sympathy with other human beings, understanding of the community, and positivity or Gongseong that is sought after by Yeungnam University. Its ultimate goals are to promote the students' creative knowledge development and reinforce their writing capabilities consistently through "convergence- and integration-based thinking and writing as a problem-solving approach."
1-2
PRACTICAL CHINESE(II)
This course is for students who successfully completed Practical Chinese(I). Students should be aware of basic Chines grammar and can speak a little Chinese. This course will focus on a little more advanced grammar and expressions. Utilizing a variety of common everyday situations, students will practice what they have learned in Practical Chinese (I)
1-2
STATISTICS(2)
Based on the elementary theory of Statistics (1), statistical data analysis methods using estimation and hypothesis testing will be introduced. Main topics in statistical inference such as point estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, test statistics, rejection region, significance level, and p-value will be covered. With understanding of these fundamental concepts, testing of the mean, variance, and proportion, comparison of two means, experimental design, analysis of variance, multiple comparisons, regression analysis, correlation analysis, categorical data analysis, nonparametric method will be taught.
1-2
SET THEORY
Set theory treats the classes and sets, functions, relations, partially ordered sets, the Axiom of choice and related equivalent principles, and cardinalities of sets and the natural number.

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