Unit aim

Develops an understanding of the nature and role of mathematics. Focuses on the learning and teaching of a range of topics in the Early Years Learning Framework, the NSW Syllabus for Mathematics K-10 and in the Australian Curriculum for Mathematics F-10 including Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

Unit content

Topic 1: Teaching Strategies

  1. Knowledge base underpinning the principles and practices of teaching and learning mathematics
  2. Models of pedagogy for teaching and assessing mathematics
  3. Range of strategies for teaching and assessing mathematics
    • mathematical thinking and problem-solving techniques
    • planning, conducting and communicating results of mathematical processes
    • central ideas in mathematics and common student misconceptions       
  4. Mathematics Curriculum documents
    • NSW Mathematics K-10 Syllabus (2013), Support Documents and NSW Primary Curriculum Foundation Statements
    • Australian Mathematics Curriculum,
    • QLD documents supporting implementation of the Australian Mathematics Curriculum
    • EYLF

Topic 2: Number and Algebra

  1. Curriculum rationale
  2. Approaches to teaching number and algebra; fractions, decimals and percentage; ratio and proportion
  3. Basic concepts and processes
  4. Current teaching approaches for the sub strands of the strand Number and Algebra
  5. Students’ difficulties and misconceptions.

Topic 3: Measurement and Geometry

  1. Curriculum rationale
  2. Basic concepts and processes
  3. Current teaching approaches for the sub strands of 2- and 3-D space
  4. Tessellation and symmetry, position, location and arrangement.
  5. Measurement.
  6. Students’ difficulties and misconceptions.

Topic 4: Statistics and Probability

  1. Curriculum rationale
  2. Basic concepts and processes
  3. Current teaching approaches.
  4. Working with data (basic statistical literacy) including planning, gathering, organizing, applying data to solve problems, and communicating results through the selection of appropriate representations
  5. Students’ difficulties and misconceptions.

Topic 5: Working Mathematically

  1. Curriculum rationale; linking strands and processes
  2. Basic terms and concepts; processes and strategies for:
  • Communicating
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Understanding
  • Fluency.

Topic 6: Planning for teaching in the mathematics classroom

  1. Resources for teaching
  2. Program Builder
  3. Technology resources
  4. Resources for professional development.
  5. Assessment

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Jorgensen, R & Dole, S, 2011, Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools, 2nd edn, Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, Sydney. ISBN: 978-1-74175-723-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Workbook50%
Exam: closed book50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Workbook50%
Exam: closed book50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Workbook50%
Exam: closed book50%

Online

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1.5 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Workbook50%
Exam: closed book50%
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