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This subject further develops and consolidates Teacher Candidates’ mathematical content knowledge and mathematical pedagogical content knowledge for effective teaching and learning of Mathematics in Victorian Primary Schools. The content focus is Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability using the four proficiency strands from the Australian/Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Frameworks and Curricula. Teacher Candidates will consider research evidence related to selected key issues of teaching and analyse the development of key concepts. They will consider typical conceptions and misconceptions held by children, their likely causes, diagnostic tools to diagnose them and teaching strategies for changing them. They will examine cognitive an affective characteristics of mathematics classrooms that encourage deep learning in these content areas.
Teacher Candidates will reference Victorian and Australian curriculum documents and resources when planning sequenced lessons. Teacher Candidates will learn to critically evaluate mathematics programs, materials and teaching methods. They will explore important pedagogical issues such as: selection of good examples, use of non-examples, representations of mathematical concepts and explore how to differentiate in the mathematics classroom and engage in the Clinical Teaching Model to target teaching to the needs of students. By widening their appreciation of exemplary mathematics teaching, Teacher Candidates are expected to develop reflective mathematics teaching practices.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:
- Display proficiency of the applicable Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability topics and their everyday applications which are relevant to primary teaching or are necessary to be personally numerate.
- Elaborate and extend understanding of how children construct mathematical knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding.
- Develop and consolidate a growing range of classroom teaching strategies and resources, including the use of ICT for all students, to manage classroom activity and to promote effective classroom communication.
- Plan, structure, assess, sequence and evaluate teaching programs and relate them to learning outcomes.
- Evaluate assessment data and evidence to make sound clinical judgments about teaching interventions and reflect on the impact of teaching on learning outcome.
- Design learning goals that provide achievable challenges for all students and select appropriate strategies to differentiate teaching to meet specific needs of all students.
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.
- Critical and creative thinking.
- 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.
- Ethical and intercultural understanding.
Last updated: 24 May 2023