Preservice teachers are introduced to effective mathematical teaching approaches, models and strategies used by primary teachers to enhance student learning of mathematical content, concepts and reasoning. The mathematical content focus in this unit relates to measurement and geometry, statistics and probability. Preservice teachers reflect on their mathematics and numeracy knowledge to develop personal levels of proficiency when planning, structuring and implementing learning programs that correspond with students' diverse learning needs and abilities and curriculum content strands.

This unit of study provides students with the opportunity to further develop their skills and knowledge to engage in associated problems and communicate through reviewing curriculum and planning documents to inform the designing of learning activities and assessment tools for primary school students. This will include taking into account the needs of different learners from a range of cultural backgrounds. Students will have the opportunity to engage in lectures, be involved in tutorial discussions and activities and receive feedback through informal and formal assessments.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique and analyse the principles and practices of curriculum and pedagogy for teaching mathematics to primary school students;  
  2. Construct a plan of teaching and learning designed to develop students' mathematical and numeracy confidence which will counter misconceptions about mathematics and numeracy abilities;  
  3. Evaluate a range of teaching and learning approaches used by primary teachers to enhance mathematical and numeracy fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills; and  
  4. Critically review and evaluate a selection of learning and teaching theories, processes and activities that assist the development of students' mathematical and numeracy capabilities in order to teach number and algebra to primary school age students.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Respond to how you would implement teaching and learning strategies that assist students to develop confidence in mathematics and numeracy. 20%
Presentation Plan, evaluate and present a multi-lesson unit for teaching mathematical literacy in a primary school setting. 50%
Review Review gathered information to respond to questions relevant to Mathematical content knowledge. 30%
All assessments, equivalent to 5000 words of written assessment in total, must be satisfactorily completed in order to complete the unit.

Required reading

Helping Children Learn Mathematics. 1st Australian edn.
Reys, R.E., Lindquist, M.L., Lambdin, D.V., Smith, N.L., Rogers, A., Falle, J., Frid, S., & Bennett, S. (2012).
Melbourne: John Wiley.

Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate)

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