Unit description

Focuses on current issues in the teaching and assessment of mathematics and numeracy in the Mathematics K-6 Syllabus. A particular emphasis is on planning for numeracy teaching to meet classroom diversity.

Unit content

Module 1: Mathematics and difference

  • Equity and diversity in mathematics education
  • Inclusive mathematics teaching strategies
  • Mathematics and Indigenous student education
  • Mathematics and non-English speaking background students; mainstream classroom strategies, systemic and community resources
  • Mathematics and gifted and talented students and differentiation of instruction
  • Learning difficulties and learning disabilities, inclusive practices, adapted curriculum
  • The learning framework in number; approaches to targeted intervention
  • Personalised learning plans, including:
    • instructional decisions, individualised learning plans, differentiated instruction
    • identifying and accessing support personnel and services
    • involving parent and community, ethics and responsibilities
    • monitoring.

Module 2: Mathematics and assessment

  • Approaches to assessment in early childhood settings and the primary classroom
  • Trends in assessment
  • Interview-based assessment; SENA testing, Newman's analysis
  • Principles and practices of reporting, including standardised reporting and reporting software
  • Alternative assessment models
  • Basic skills testing, including NAPLAN and Best Start
  • International comparison studies
  • Syllabus outcomes and indicators.

Module 3: Issues in teaching mathematics

  • Theories of mathematics learning and instruction
  • Productive pedagogies, quality teaching in the teaching of mathematics
  • Supporting literacy and numeracy through mathematics
  • Issues in teaching number, number sense and mental computation
  • The roles of formal algorithms and calculators
  • Using and applying mathematics in problem solving, mathematical modelling, word problems
  • Information and communications technology and the teaching of mathematics (including interactive whiteboards).

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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