Children as Mathematical Learners
Immerse yourself in the number and algebra strand of the Australian mathematics curriculum. Explore how children learn maths through a constructivist teaching approach, and identify knowledge using assessment strategies and diagnostic assessment.
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- 28 Feb 2022
- 29 Aug 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- demonstrate a deep understanding of the Number and Algebra strand of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and appropriate teaching strategies to develop understanding in children
- interpret children’s demonstration of their knowledge of number and algebra
- develop and apply diagnostic mathematics assessment strategies
- appraise social constructivist approaches to planning for mathematical learning and the development of numeracy
- demonstrate increased personal numeracy skills in mathematical relationships, expressions, and applications, with a higher focus on number and algebra
integrate effective, research based, teaching and assessment strategies and methods appropriate for learners from diverse cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
- Understanding and diagnosing children’s learning
- Pre-number and early number experiences
- Place Value
- Understanding the Base Ten Numeration System
- Multiplicative thinking
- Understanding fraction concepts
- Understanding decimals and linking to fractions
- Percentages, ratio and proportional reasoning
- Algebraic thinking
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
- CUR-EDC145-The Numerate Educator
- CUR-EDC141-The Numerate Educator (No longer available)
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
No additional requirements
This subject explores the Australian Mathematics Curriculum 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 place value and numeration, multiplicative thinking, fractions, decimals and percentages, and algebraic thinking, including number patterns and relationships. Particular emphasis is given to teaching for conceptual understanding as opposed to the learning of procedures.
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- Report (50%)
- Portfolio and Mathematics Content Knowledge Test (50%)
Current study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
Helping Children Learn Mathematics, 3rd Australian ed.
Reys, R., et al.
Next study term: 27 Feb 22 to 29 May 22
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