Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Professor Helen Forgasz


Students embarking on this unit are exposed to a broad view of what constitutes mathematics education. Students engage with, and reflect on, a range of evidence and diversity of research findings within the field of mathematics education. This includes explorations of curricular, pedagogical, learning, assessment and technology issues within classrooms and other learning settings, across the educational levels, and within other disciplines and professional contexts. International, cultural, and political dimensions of mathematics education, as well as the challenges presented with respect to equity and inclusion on mathematics learning opportunities and outcomes are considered. The relevance of mathematical skills (numeracy) in personal life and in the workplace to foster an ethical, sustainable and informed citizenry are explored.


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

  1. demonstrate awareness of a range of issues associated with the teaching and learning of mathematics in different contexts
  2. review the implications that curricular, pedagogical, learning, assessment and technology issues hold for mathematics teaching and learning in relevant contexts
  3. appreciate that various imperatives at many levels impinge on the design, implementation and outcomes of mathematics curricula
  4. recognise the contexts and settings in which mathematical knowledge and skills are relevant and applicable in society
  5. critically evaluate evidence and research findings to inform and guide practice.


Online activities (2000 word equivalent, 25%)
Critical reflection (2000 words, 25%)
Issue identification and review (4000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


EDF6401 and EDF6402