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EDF4116 - Mathematics and numeracy education

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

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr W T Seah (On-campus); Dr T Barkatsas (Off-campus)


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester (Open Learning) 2009 (Open Learning)


In this unit students will be introduced to a range of issues associated with being a secondary mathematics and numeracy teacher. Issues examined include: how children learn mathematics; contemporary mathematics curricula; theories informing the approaches to mathematics teaching advocated; planning to teach mathematics; and locating resources. These issues are examined through a consideration of a range of content areas within the years 7 -10 curriculum.


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

  1. understand and appreciate the role of mathematics and numeracy in secondary schooling;
  2. develop and apply knowledge of teaching styles, resources and assessment methods for mathematics;
  3. explore the needs of diverse groups of students and consider the range of factors that can influence learning outcomes, including literacy and ICT needs;
  4. develop competence in planning and implementing lessons and units of work
  5. investigate and evaluate a variety of aspects of school mathematics pedagogy; and
  6. examine and evaluate mathematics curriculum documents and their underpinning principles.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment task 1: Analysis of learning (2,000 words, 50%); Assessment task 2: Reflection and analysis from fieldwork placement (2,000 words, 50%)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


2 units of first year tertiary level mathematics or by special permission. (Note: Students undertaking this unit as a middle school option through the Bachelor of Education (Primary) will meet different requirements. Specific advice should be sought.)


EDF4116. Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a profesional experience unit(s).



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