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EDF1204 - Curriculum studies: primary maths 1

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr W T Seah (Peninsula) + Dr T Barkatsas (Gippsland)

Offered

Peninsula Second semester 2009 (Day)

Synopsis

This unit develops knowledge, skills and attitudes about teaching and learning in primary school mathematics. There will be a particular focus on children's mathematical development in early number concepts, written and mental computation, estimation, measurement and space. Students will explore a range of approaches to the teaching of mathematics including the use of technology in the context of mathematics (eg., appropriate software, OHP video, calculator use)

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to provide a rationale for the inclusion of mathematics in the primary school curriculum; be aware of all content areas outlined in appropriate documents; appreciate the importance of sorting, classifying and other early number activities appropriate to young children learning mathematics; have developed a sound approach to the teaching of the four operations with whole numbers; have developed techniques that link mathematics to practical applications particularly in relation to measurement and space; be developing an understanding of the role of information technology in the mathematics classroom.

Assessment

A written report based on observation of mathematical tasks undertaken by children (2000 words) : 50%
An examination: 50%

Contact hours

3 hours per week

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