Pedagogies and Planning for Mathematics - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • 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 - ePortfolio (35%) , Report (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit focuses on the development of a range of effective pedagogies with particular emphasis on the Proficiency Strands of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. Students will continue to develop a deep understanding of the Number and Algebra strand of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. Topics include effective teaching and assessment of primary mathematics, and planning with a focus on the ‘big ideas’ of mathematics. Curriculum content focuses on understanding operations, computational choices, and algebra and number patterns. As well, there is a focus on strategies for working in a differentiated learning environment, including the use of tasks that accommodate diversity, with a particular focus on Indigenous learners and catering to their specific learning needs.

*** This unit has a required textbook. - An eBook (Helping Children Learn Mathematics, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 9780730335740) has been developed for this unit, by Robert E. Reys , Mary Lindquist , Diana V. Lambdin , Nancy L. Smith , Anna Rogers , Audrey Cooke , Bronwyn Ewing , Kylie Robson , Sue Bennett.  The access code for the eText can be purchased at the following link:

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

  1. demonstrate increased personal numeracy skills in mathematical relationships, expressions, and applications of the content of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
  2. develop a personal approach for teaching mathematics that demonstrates knowledge of curriculum and which is based on constructivist teaching and assessment strategies 
  3. appraise strategies and resources for differentiating teaching to cater for a wide range of mathematical learners
  4. critique pedagogies for effective teaching of mathematics
  5. plan for teaching using a range of strategies, technologies and resources.
  • Portfolio — ePortfolio (35%)
  • Report (50%)
  • Test — and Reflection (15%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDP440 — Mathematics Education

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.

  • Additional materials — Essential textbook. An eBook (Helping Children Learn Mathematics, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 9780730335740) has been developed for this unit, by Robert E. Reys , Mary Lindquist , Diana V. Lambdin , Nancy L. Smith , Anna Rogers , Audrey Cooke , Bronwyn Ewing , Kylie Robson , Sue Bennett. The access code for the eText can be purchased at the following link:

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.

1Comparing teaching styles. Big Idea thinking. Setting up the Child Study
2Big Idea Planning. Connecting mathematics across strands. A developmental curriculum
3Effective teaching and assessment; Making effective task choices; Using evidence; Knowing the developmental nature of key concepts etc
4Making effective computational choices; Mental computation strategies; Teaching number facts
5Making effective computational choices; Understanding operations; Using written algorithms; Using calculators; Having the right mindset
6Algebra and number patterns
7Algebraic thinking - the key ideas - pattern, function, equivalence
8Catering for diversity in the mathematics classroom; Ways of differentiating mathematical instruction
9Catering for Indigenous learners of mathematics; The Cultural Competence Framework
10Teaching with games; Making appropriate choices; Modifying and extending games
11Teaching with textbooks; Modifying textbook content; Choosing appropriate texts and uses for them
12Teaching with websites and electronic resources; Issues and constraints; Choosing appropriate websites; tasks and uses for them

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • 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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