Subject details

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

  1. apply a deep understanding of the Number and Algebra strand of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and how to teach it to children of varying learning abilities
  2. interpret and validate children’s demonstration of their knowledge of number and algebra
  3. appraise social constructivist approaches to planning for mathematical learning and the development of numeracy
  4. develop a teaching plan based on the ‘big ideas’ of number and containing links with key concepts for teaching probability
  5. investigate and critique best practice for teaching and assessing Probability through the proficiencies of problem solving and reasoning.
  • Topics
    • 'Big ideas' of number. Early number experiences
    • Place value and Base Ten number system
    • Multiplicative Thinking
    • Fractions
    • Fractions > Decimals
    • Fractions > Decimals > Percentage > Proportional reasoning - Linking `big ideas' of number
    • Mental computation, understanding operations, and written computation
    • Mental computation, understanding operations, and written computation. Making computational choices
    • Algebraic thinking - pre-algebra and patterns. The 'big ideas' of algebra - Part A
    • Algebraic thinking - pre-algebra and patterns. The 'big ideas' of algebra - Part B
    • Experiential, experimental, and theoretical probability
    • Experiential, experimental, and theoretical probability - teaching through an inquiry approach
    • Reflection and review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Quizzes
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • OtherDetails -

    Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, Access to video creation and editing software.

This subject considers the main content ideas and pedagogical approaches for effective teaching of number, algebra and probability to primary children. It uses a ‘big ideas’ approach combined with constructivist teaching through inquiry and problem solving.

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  • Assignment 1 - Report (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Exercises (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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