The unit focuses on mathematical knowledge for teaching, introduces pedagogical content and will also develop confidence, creativity, and communication skills for teaching mathematics to primary school children. The content focus in this unit is number and the developmental concepts required to think mathematically. The unit will also draw out the connection between number concepts with other areas of mathematics in the curriculum. The unit will include exploration of mathematical vocabulary and mathematical problem solving including rich tasks, open questions and cross curricular contexts. Practices and strategies used by primary teachers to enhance student learning in understanding number, additive, multiplicative, relational and proportional thinking, as well as exploring the patterns of algebra.

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EEC1108 - Literacy Across the Continuum 1

EEC1111 - Personal and Professional Learning for Teaching

Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education (LANTITE)** for students enrolled in EBED only. This unit is only for Education students undertaking the courses EBED and ABED.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and explain the connection between number concepts and other areas of mathematics;  
  2. Investigate and develop a repertoire of learning and teaching strategies relevant to the number and algebra curriculum;  
  3. Plan, apply and evaluate activities that cater for the learning needs of primary students;  
  4. Develop mathematical content knowledge required for teaching number and algebra in primary and middle school; and  
  5. Articulate the demands for literacy in learning mathematics.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation 1A. Present a numeracy activity sequence. 20%
Project 1B. Plan a numeracy activity sequence in a primary school setting 40%
Exercise 2A. Open book task on Mathematical content knowledge of numeration, additive and multiplicative thinking 20%
Exercise 2B. Open book task on Mathematical content knowledge of number on proportional reasoning and algebra. 20%

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