Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester (Open Learning) 2012 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Ms Hazel Tan (On-campus & Off-campus)


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 (1600 words, 40%); Assessment task 2: Reflection and analysis from fieldwork placement (2400 words, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Hazel Tan

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.)


EDF4415. Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a professional experience unit(s).