Children as Mathematical Learners - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Portfolio - Mathematics Content Knowledge (50%) , Report (50%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

This unit explores the Australian Mathematics Curriculum and its relation to curricula from other countries with particular reference to the proficiency strands. The unit focuses on the development of deep understanding of the Number and Algebra strand and emphasises the identification of children’s knowledge using assessment strategies including diagnostic assessment. Topics covered include number sense, early number knowledge, counting to place value, numeration, fractions, decimals and percentages, operations, algebraic thinking, number patterns and relationships, and making decisions about appropriate use of mental/written/electronic calculation strategies.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a deep understanding of the Number and Algebra strand of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and appropriate teaching strategies to develop understanding in children
  2. interpret children’s demonstration of their knowledge of number and algebra
  3. develop and apply diagnostic mathematics assessment strategies
  4. appraise social constructivist approaches to planning for mathematical learning and the development of numeracy
  5. demonstrate increased personal numeracy skills in mathematical relationships, expressions, and applications, with a higher focus on number and algebra.
  • Portfolio — Mathematics Content Knowledge (50%)
  • Report (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1How children best learn mathematics through a constructivist teaching approach. The idea of 'sense making' as central to the teaching of mathematics
2Early number experiences as key underpinning factors for later learning about number. Counting principles
3Place Value: development of important elements of this key idea. Use of a range of materials to develop place value understanding
4Base Ten Numeration: the use of materials and patterns to develop an understanding of number beyond the thousands
5Multiplicative reasoning as the main idea upon which children's future learning is founded. Relative magnitude of numbers
6Understanding fraction concepts through the use of a variety of models and materials. Emphasis is on the conceptual understanding of fractions
7Understanding decimals. Linking multiplicative thinking and fraction concepts to extend the Base Ten system to numbers less than one whole
8Percentage and Proportional Reasoning. Linking fraction, decimal and percentage understanding. Developing the idea of multiplicative partitioning
9Mental Computation Strategies and Basic Number Facts

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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