Welcome to the course ( Misconceptions in Mathematics):

General Objective

This module aims to provide the students with deeper understanding of mathematical concepts which are incorrectly preconceived. The module will enable students to identify and rectify common misconceptions in Mathematics by using inquiry and explorative methods. Students will explore various research articles on global perspectives of misconceptions in Mathematics which in turn will familiarize them with various research based techniques that will help to analyse and identify ways to deal with their students‟ misconceptions in the Mathematics classroom. Laboratory activities prescribed in this module will enhance the use of Mathematical laboratory techniques in dealing with school students’ misconceptions in Mathematics lessons.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, the students will be able to:

i.          identify common mathematics misconceptions  encountered by the students in the schools;

ii.         analyse possible causes of misconceptions in Mathematics;

iii.        analyse critically various resources to classify the misconceptions in Mathematics;

iv.       review and critique research articles on misconceptions in Mathematics to inform their analysis of causes of misconceptions;

v.        design strategies to deal with misconceptions in Mathematics in the teaching learning process;

vi.       carry out scientific experiments to address misconceptions in Mathematics;

vii.      carry out a case study to gain deeper understanding of a misconceptions in any two topics;

viii.     critically evaluate a research article on a selected misconception in Mathematics, the author’s recommendations for addressing the diagnosed misconception and its similarities to misconceptions in the Bhutanese classroom; and

ix.       apply understanding of various misconceptions in Mathematics and it’s impact on teaching and learning secondary level Mathematics.


Learning and Teaching Approach

This module is offered in a semester of 150hours, out of which 90 hours is for face-to-face interaction and remaining 60 hours of the time will be for independent study. The details of different teaching and learning approaches for the delivery of this module are reflected in the table given below:



Hours per week

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Independent study








Assessment approach:

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