Preservice teachers develop their knowledge of effective teaching of mathematics curriculum and pedagogy in the primary years of schooling. They explore their knowledge of the content and proficiency strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability to design and produce creative teaching and learning strategies that enhance students' confidence in using mathematics in everyday life. Preservice teachers also investigate interdisciplinary priority areas of environment and sustainability, Asian-Pacific and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspectives when implementing twenty first century mathematics / numeracy across the curriculum. They review curriculum and national testing requirements for assessing students' mathematics literacy and proficiency in the primary years, including NAPLAN in learning how formative and summative assessment can productively improve student learning.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and evaluate a range of approaches to twenty first century mathematics / numeracy education in the primary years including digital learning and teaching with digital technologies;  
  2. Design and implement strategies that motivate and develop students' mathematical reasoning, problem solving, and understanding of mathematical concepts, conventions and applications in real world situations;  
  3. Exhibit an understanding of mathematics / numeracy content strands when planning to implement and teach purposeful lessons and activities that enhance students' mathematical / numeracy proficiency and support diverse learners;  
  4. Assess the learning and development students have achieved through the teaching approaches and learning activities conducted in the mathematics curriculum; and  
  5. Analyse and implement appropriate learning and teaching strategies that take account of sustainability, environmental, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspectives to develop students' mathematical, social and cultural understanding.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Investigate and report on the benefits of integrating picture story books in the mathematics classroom. 20%
Review Curriculum activity: how to prepare and manage a differentiated classroom. 30%
Assignment Part 1 Design and produce a formative assessment task. 30%
Assignment Part 2 Complete online weekly reflections (in weeks 4 - 8) based on readings and questions on Number & Algebra. 20%
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 2nd edn,
Reys. R.E., Lindquist. D.V., Lambdin. D.V., Smith. N.L., Rogers. A., Falle. J., Frid. S., & Bennett. S.
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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