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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester (Open Learning) 2011 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Mr Stephen Keast (On-campus & Off-campus)


In this unit students will be introduced to a range of issues associated with being a secondary mathematics and numeracy teacher. Issues examined include: how children learn mathematics; contemporary mathematics curricula; theories informing the approaches to mathematics teaching advocated; planning to teach mathematics; and locating resources. These issues are examined through a consideration of a range of content areas within the years 7 -10 curriculum.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand and appreciate the role of mathematics and numeracy in secondary schooling;
  2. develop and apply knowledge of teaching styles, resources and assessment methods for mathematics;
  3. explore the needs of diverse groups of students and consider the range of factors that can influence learning outcomes, including literacy and ICT needs;
  4. develop competence in planning and implementing lessons and units of work
  5. investigate and evaluate a variety of aspects of school mathematics pedagogy; and
  6. examine and evaluate mathematics curriculum documents and their underpinning principles.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment task 1: Analysis of learning (2,000 words, 50%); Assessment task 2: Reflection and analysis from fieldwork placement (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Stephen Keast

Contact hours

3 hours per week


2 units of first year tertiary level mathematics or by special permission. (Note: Students undertaking this unit as a middle school option through the Bachelor of Education (Primary) will meet different requirements. Specific advice should be sought.)


EDF4415. Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a profesional experience unit(s).