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Foundations of Mathematics Teaching (EDUC90426)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90426
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides an introduction to the teaching of Years 7-9 mathematics in Victorian schools. Students will develop pedagogical content knowledge for teaching of the mathematics content strands in the Victorian Curriculum.

Students will consider the Victorian Curriculum, lesson planning, effective use of resources (e.g. textbooks, technology), assessment and the provision of a balanced curriculum incorporating the four proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning.

Students will consider important pedagogical issues such as: questioning, selection of good examples, representations and models of mathematical ideas to widen their understanding of what good mathematics teaching should be at years 7-9.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of school students’ learning in years 7-9 mathematics
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Victorian years 7-9 mathematics curriculum
  • demonstrate the ability to plan effective mathematics lessons incorporating good teacher questions and appropriate examples, explanations and tasks
  • critically analyse teaching resources
  • demonstrate a knowledge of how to assess mathematical understanding

Generic skills

This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:

  • Clinical reasoning and thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Learning to learn and metacognition
  • Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
  • Reflection for continuous improvement
  • Linking theory and practice
  • Inquiry and research
  • Active and participatory citizenship.

Last updated: 3 April 2019