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This subject focuses on the mathematics pedagogical knowledge and skills needed for teaching students from Foundation to Year 6. This subject will use the current mathematics education research findings, the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and the new Victorian Curriculum: Mathematics. The focus will be on the content descriptors for the three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability, and the proficiencies: Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning. Teacher Candidates will explore the ways in which students from Years 3 – 6 learn mathematics, the structure of the mathematics curriculum, the attributes of effective mathematics teaching, and strategies to engage, support and assess student learning. Teacher Candidates will develop and improve their own mathematical knowledge, skills, understanding along with confidence with the concepts and operations required for problem solving and investigation, real world applications, and for effective teaching of mathematics.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:
Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Demonstrate mastery of the mathematical topics and their everyday applications which are relevant to primary teaching or are necessary for them to use mathematics in their everyday lives – at home, at school, at work. (Graduate Standard 2.1)
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of how all children construct mathematical knowledge, think and learn mathematics (Graduate Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
- Demonstrate expert knowledge of a range of classroom teaching techniques and resources, including the use of ICT (Graduate Standards 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.5)
- Demonstrate an outstanding ability to develop teaching activities and relate them to learning outcomes that cater for a diverse range of students (Graduate Standards 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1)
- Effectively engage students, parents, community members, and professional colleagues to support student learning and development (Graduate Standards 3.7, 7.3, 7.4)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematics underpinning certain aspects of indigenous culture (Graduate Standard 2.4)
- Demonstrate knowledge of sources of continued professional sharing / learning, and an understanding of its usefulness and the implications for improved student learning (Graduate Standards 6.2, 6.4)
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creating and innovating
- Working in teams communicating and collaborating with other professionals
- Learning to learn and metacognition
- Being responsive to a changing knowledge base
- Reflecting and continually making improvements
- Linking theory and practice
- Inquiring and researching
- Becoming a citizen and taking personal and social responsibility.
Last updated: 3 November 2022