1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
4.5 units of EDUC topics
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDUC1231, EDUC2333 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Basic IT skills, Introductory maths knowledge, lesson planning
Topic description
Mathematics education reform literature shows clearly that a thorough understanding of both mathematics and pedagogy is necessary for teaching it well. This topic allows students to build on their personal background experiences and understandings in mathematics and schooling regardless of whether these experiences are positive or negative. Students will have the opportunity to develop conceptual understanding of key mathematics principles through experiencing contemporary approaches to mathematics teaching and learning. This topic emphasises both the mathematical content and the pedagogies. Activities in workshops and on school visits are intended to increase mathematical knowledge as a basis for teaching, but they also focus on principles of instruction and assessment. This topic also involves guided professional experience in a school that is undertaken in a block of 5 days.
Educational aims
For students to:

  • explore attitudes and beliefs associated with mathematics education

  • experience effective mathematics pedagogical practices

  • develop effective pedagogical practices for teaching mathematics
Expected learning outcomes
Students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts that underpin mathematical knowledge

  • identify the difference and importance of both conceptual and procedural knowledge

  • develop a philosophy of teaching and learning mathematics

  • demonstrate a range of pedagogical skills appropriate for teaching primary mathematics

  • plan a mathematics unit for primary students