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Subject details

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

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
    • Other materials

      • Video
      • Video
      • Audio

Equivalent subjects

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

  • CUR-EDP440

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

CUR-EDP343-Inquiry in the Mathematics Classroom
CUR-EDP323-Professional Studies and Evaluating Learning , or CUR-EDP325

Special requirements

This subject 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 subject has a required ebook. - Helping Children Learn Mathematics 2nd Edition ISBN: 978EEGRP29965. The ebook is readily available through the suppliers webpage -

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  • Report (50%)
  • Test and Reflection (15%)
  • ePortfolio (35%)

Textbook information is pending.

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