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EDF2123 - Exploring mathematics

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

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr W T Seah


Peninsula First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit is designed to build the competence and confidence of students in the discipline of mathematics. Students will explore a number of realistic situations across different cultures (occupational, ethnic, etc) in which the need for mathematical problem solving arises and within which mathematical ideas are generated. Students will also be expected to draw on and utilise personal experience, skills and knowledge to enable them to respond to mathematical situations. Content areas will include the six universal mathematical activities (of counting, locating, measuring, designing, explaining and playing), values and beliefs related to mathematics, and chance and data.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the relationship between multicultural real-world contexts and basic mathematical ideas;
  2. consolidate their mathematical knowledge and skills across different cultures (including the indigenous Australian cultures); and
  3. use a range of strategies unique to different cultures to solve mathematical problems.


Assessment task 1:
part 1: Design of mathematics activity worksheets (800 words, 20%)
part 2: Design of a mathematics trail (1200 words,30%)
Assessment task 2:
Examination of key course content (2000 words, 2 hours, 50%)

Contact hours

2 hours per week

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