Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Hopkins


This unit extends students' knowledge, skills and attitudes about teaching and learning in secondary schools in the learning area of mathematics. The focus will be on the effective teaching of the secondary school (up to Year 10) content strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability, such that learners develop and sharpen their understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning capacities. Students' pedagogical consideration of secondary school mathematics topics will be facilitated in relation to the use of graphics calculators and other learning technologies.


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

  1. have developed techniques to plan for and manage the effective teaching of secondary school concepts and skills of the various content strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability
  2. be confident about planning and facilitating a range of mathematics/numeracy learning activities which develop and enhance student understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning
  3. be able to understand the needs of diverse groups of students (including students with different abilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, refugee students, immigrant students and minority students), consider the range of factors that can influence learning outcomes and employ strategies to facilitate their learning
  4. be able to harness information and communication technologies (ICTs) (e.g. interactive whiteboards, tablet PCs, web 2.0) and calculator (e.g. graphics calculators, CAS) learning technologies, as well as related software (e.g. Mathematica), in their teaching repertoire
  5. be able to select and use a variety of assessment techniques to evaluate student learning in mathematics
  6. be able to identify and discuss a range of pedagogical issues (e.g. student affect, the evaluation and improvement of teaching programs, professional learning) in secondary mathematics education and to apply research skills to produce innovative responses.


Analysis of learners' difficulty with a chosen mathematical topic (2000 words, 50%)
Evaluation of two teachers' mathematics pedagogical strategies (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week

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