Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ann Gervasoni (Clayton); Dr Jill Cheeseman (Peninsula)


This unit develops students' understanding of research and contemporary pedagogical practices in the teaching and learning of primary school mathematics. It particularly focuses on children's mathematical development in the early years of school including early number concepts, written and mental computation, estimation, measurement and geometry. Students also explore the importance of translating home and community learning into school-based practice. The teaching of mathematics and numeracy are examined from a number of current theoretical perspectives, and students develop appropriate practices that are in line with local and Australian curriculum support that they can implement in their teaching in schools.


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

  1. understand and apply research and contemporary practices in mathematics and numeracy education to meet diverse learners' needs
  2. recognise how key mathematical concepts are practised in early learning settings including homes, child care, preschools and the early years of school
  3. use a range of appropriate strategies to assist children's development of number sense particularly in the early years of school
  4. apply techniques that link mathematics to practical applications particularly in relation to measurement and geometry
  5. appreciate that numeracy learning occurs in multiple contexts and in multiple ways
  6. identify and employ a range of pedagogical tools and strategies to support children's learning in mathematics and numeracy in line with local and Australian curriculum.


Report on multiple approaches to numeracy education (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)
Integrated unit of work and/or resources on effective numeracy practices (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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