Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Hopkins


This unit further develops knowledge, skills and attitudes about teaching and learning in primary schools in the learning area of mathematics. The focus is on the effective teaching of the primary school content strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability, such that learners develop and sharpen their understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning capacities. Students are introduced to a range of classroom teaching models (including technology-rich ones), and also have the opportunity to explore several summative and formative assessment strategies.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should

  • have developed techniques to plan for and manage the effective teaching of primary school concepts and skills of the various content strands of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability
  • be confident about planning and facilitating a range of mathematics/numeracy learning activities which develop and enhance student understanding, fluency, problem solving, and reasoning
  • be able to understand the needs of diverse groups of students (including students with different abilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, refugee students, immigrant students, and minority students), consider the range of factors that can influence learning outcomes, and employ strategies to facilitate their learning
  • be able to harness ICT (eg interactive whiteboards, tablet PCs, web 2.0) and calculator learning technologies in their teaching repertoire
  • be able to select and use a variety of assessment techniques to evaluate student learning in mathematics
  • be able to identify and discuss a range of pedagogical issues (eg student affect, the evaluation and improvement of teaching programs, professional learning) in primary mathematics education, and to apply research skills to produce innovative responses.


Task 1: Research-informed analysis of a chosen learning context or issue (2000 words, 50%); and Task 2: Evaluate a unit of work sourced from appropriate engagement with learners (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

12 hours per week (equivalent)


EDF1206 Mathematics education 1 (P-10)


EDF3301; and EDF4104