Teaching and Learning Primary Mathematics 1

    Unit code: ETP5003 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Victoria University Online


    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.

    The unit also provides a foundation to a range of pedagogical approaches to teaching mathematics. 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 workshops, discussions and activities and receive feedback through informal and formal assessments.

    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. Analyse learner needs and construct a plan of teaching and learning designed to develop students’ mathematical and numeracy knowledge;
    3. Evaluate a range of teaching and learning approaches used by primary teachers to enhance mathematical and problem-solving skills;
    4. Critically review and apply a selection of learning and teaching frameworks, processes and activities that assist the development of students’ mathematical and numeracy capabilities; and
    5. Explore various digital modalities for teaching numeracy.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 30%
    Development of numeracy action plan for LANTITE.
    Assessment type: Review
    Grade: 30%
    Review Literature
    Assessment type: Poster
    Grade: 40%
    Poster outlining an exemplary lesson plan for Measurement & Geometry.

    Required reading

    Helping Children Learn Mathematics.
    Reys, R, Lindquist, M, Lambdin, D, Smith, N, Rogers, A, Falle, J, Frid, S, & Bennett, S. 2020 | Melbourne: John Wiley.

    As part of a course

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