Subject details

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

  1. demonstrate personal numeracy through flexible application of mathematical understanding and explain the importance of this for effective teaching
  2. analyse relevant Australian Curriculum Mathematics documents and identify how key ideas are linked across the strands
  3. demonstrate mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge appropriate for teaching early number and algebra from a conceptual standpoint
  4. identify components of best practice in mathematics teaching and integrate these with effective planning and student achievement.
  • Topics
    • Personal Mathematics Competency
    • Extended Personal Use of Mathematics
    • Essential Statistics
    • NAPLAN What is it and what does it mean
    • Personal numeracy and use of mathematics
    • Numeracy in the real world
    • Technologies and mathematics
    • The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
    • Mathematical language and terminology
    • Mathematics of the Human Body
    • Mathematics - a history
    • Exploring Mathematics and using it to communicate
    • Open forum discussion and the review of the unit outcomes
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Web links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This Subject is the first in a series of four on mathematical education for pre-service teachers. In this Subject the focus is on mathematical content knowledge and personal numeracy. Skills in all strands of the Australian mathematics curriculum will be developed and confidence levels in educators will be addressed. Mathematical language and methods of communicating mathematical ideas with words, pictures and symbols are emphasised. The particular aspects of mathematics required for teaching, including basic statistics and interpretation of research, are covered. The Subject examines development of best practice in mathematics lessons in preparation for subsequent subjects.

This subject emphasises Standard 2 (know the content and how to teach it) of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and aspects of Standard 5 (specifically 5.4). In addition, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 2 (Education and curriculum studies), and 3 (early childhood pedagogies) are addressed.

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  • Assignment 1 - Analysis and 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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