Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Annie Mitchell (Berwick); Dr Tasos Barkatsas (Gippsland); Professor Mike Askew (Peninsula)


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF5713).


This unit builds on the foundations laid in EDF5713 Mathematics, numeracy and learner engagement A, in deepening understanding of how the role and nature of mathematics in schools develops in students a critical understanding of the societal and cultural diversity that surrounds and informs teaching. It investigates how numeracy is explicit and implicit in the creation of an inclusive curriculum and the impact of international testing of numeracy/mathematics teaching.
Students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes about teaching and learning in school mathematics, informed by educational research and policy, both locally and internationally. This unit addresses current understandings and practices related to differentiated curricula that engage students with diverse intellectual, emotional and social abilities. It also examines the cognitive mechanisms that relate to learning disabilities, and to gifted/talented learning. Students also further develop the personal numeracy required to critically engage with data about schooling and education.


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

  1. extend their understanding of key concepts in primary school mathematics and numeracy teaching, including the difference between numeracy and mathematics
  2. understand the diversity that surrounds and embeds teaching and learning in educational settings and demonstrate how this is linked to student motivation, engagement and achievement
  3. plan for effective teaching that supports children's learning
  4. assess authentically, efficiently and effectively children's mathematics and numeracy learning using a range of techniques
  5. use and integrate learning technologies (including calculators, interactive whiteboards and tablets) in teaching
  6. demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the relationship between teacher attitudes and beliefs and how they influence student engagement
  7. describe key principles of an inclusive approach to teaching and learning and how these relate to mathematics and numeracy across the curriculum
  8. further develop personal numeracy and statistical literacy.


Assessment task 1.Teaching activity (equivalent to 2000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2. Research task (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 2 - 3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


EDF5713 Mathematics, numeracy and learner engagement A