Inquiry in the Mathematics Classroom - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Report (50%) , Assignment 2 - Portfolio (50%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Participants will continue to develop a social constructivist approach to teaching and learning mathematics, based on social cultural theories and their application to learning environments. There is an emphasis on the deep understanding of the Geometry and Measurement strand and the Statistics and Probability strand of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. There is continued development of teachers' mathematical content knowledge with particular reference to knowledge of spatial and measurement concepts for effective teaching, as well as those related to data handling, statistics and probability. Development of pedagogical content knowledge is centred on the investigation of appropriate use of a wide range of technologies and manipulatives and their application to learning and teaching. The main topics are 2D figures, 3D objects, transformations, symmetry, location, arrangement and direction, measurement attributes, standard and non-standard units, process of learning to measure, different types of probability, and data collection, organisation, representation and analysis. This unit emphasises the National Graduate Teaching Standard 2 - Know the content and how to teach it and the National Graduate Teaching Standard 3 - Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning.

*** This unit has a required ebook. - Helping Children Learn Mathematics 2nd Aust by Robert Reys, Mary Lindquist The ebook is readily available through the suppliers webpage -

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

  1. demonstrate increased personal numeracy skills with particular reference to the Geometry and Measurement strand, and the Statistics and Probability strand of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
  2. appraise the effectiveness of a range of technologies and resources for learning mathematics and to incorporate these in designing learning sequences and lesson plans
  3. evaluate teaching strategies for helping children learn about Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability, as part of developing children's numeracy
  4. analyse how key concepts of the Geometry and Measurement strand and the Statistics and Probability strand can be applied in, used to interpret aspects of everyday life
  5. investigate and critique best practice for teaching and assessing Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability through the proficiencies of problem solving and reasoning.
  • Assignment 1 — Report (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Portfolio (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.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDP245 Mathematics Education 2 as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials — Required Ebook - Helping Children Learn Mathematics 2nd Aust by Robert Reys, Mary Lindquist The EBook is readily available through the suppliers webpage -

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

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Measurement - teaching through an inquiry and problem solving approach
2Measurement - Understanding attributes and understanding units. Selecting diagnostic tasks
3Measurement - Direct measure
4Measurement - Indirect Measure
5Measurement - Estimation and Application
6Data handling - using the PCAI Cycle in a problem based inquiry oriented classroom
7Data Handling - practical considerations and data representation
8Probability - experiential, experimental,and theoretical probability. Development through the use of games. Links to data handling cycle
9Geometry - Links to measurement. Using inquiry and problem solving approaches
10Geometry - 2D shapes
11Geometry - 3D objects
12Geometry - Transformations, symmetry, location
13Unit Review and presentation of Child Study

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

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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