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 focuses on developing advanced understanding of thinking mathematically in primary education, with particular emphasis on the local and Australian curriculum for the primary years including mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Students extend and synthesise their understanding of conceptual frameworks, which reflect the complexity of children's mathematical growth across the curriculum. They research the challenges associated with mathematical content in diverse contexts, and are expected to research, adopt and design pedagogical approaches that support and challenge children to be mathematicians. Approaches which stimulate conjecturing, testing and mathematical justification are introduced and modelled, researched and critically analysed. Students critically engage with current research, practice and policy throughout the unit.


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

  1. demonstrate advanced understanding of the local and Australian curriculum for the primary years and the fundamental importance of mathematical reasoning
  2. gain an advanced understanding of thinking mathematically and its implications for teaching
  3. develop varying strategies and skills for researching, analysing and developing effective pedagogical approaches towards problem solving and investigations
  4. engage in deep reflection on their personal and professional learning
  5. research, understand and implement varying classroom strategies that link mathematics to practical applications and problems
  6. develop techniques for inclusive practices and understand the importance of adopting inclusive practices in relation to the teaching and learning of mathematics.


Research report on the design, trialling and evaluation of problem-based mathematics lessons (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Case study of the mathematical reasoning of primary students (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

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