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
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit extends students' knowledge, skills and dispositions relating to early years mathematics and numeracy, to the exploration of different pedagogical approaches and strategies in the teaching of mathematics and numeracy to primary school children up to Year 6. Students have opportunities to engage in critical readings on current research and practice in numeracy education and practical learning strategies so they can implement effective student learning in different mathematical topics. There is an emphasis on students interrogating their understanding and honing their skills in facilitating children's learning in a variety of sociocultural and educational contexts. Students use and apply learning technologies that cater for diverse learners and mixed abilities, and develop and use creative assessment. Particular emphasis is placed on topics related to chance and data and measurement. These activities are informed by current local and international educational policy and curriculum.


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

  1. identify and apply key concepts in primary mathematics and numeracy pedagogy
  2. understand how sociocultural, political and educational contexts can facilitate and impede students' learning of primary mathematics and numeracy and how to ensure all children maximise their learning
  3. evaluate personal professional assumptions about teaching and learning primary mathematics and numeracy
  4. plan for the effective use of appropriate pedagogical strategies to support children's learning in current-day, multiple contexts
  5. assess authentically, efficiently and effectively children's mathematics and numeracy learning in formative and summative ways.


Critical analysis of a selected pedagogical context or issue in numeracy education (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)
Reflective examination of the ways in which relevant sociocultural, political and educational contexts have been negotiated in the development of a chosen numeracy unit (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

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