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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Sarah Hopkins (Berwick); Dr Karina Wilkie (Peninsula)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit develops students' knowledge, skills and attitudes for becoming effective teachers of primary school mathematics. The unit focuses on content in the number and algebra strand of the Australian Curriculum. Students engage with and critically reflect upon activities and approaches for developing understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning capacities associated with number and place value, patterns and algebra, fractions and decimals, money and financial mathematics. Students begin to learn how to plan and sequence mathematics lessons that cater for a range of learning needs and to critically evaluate teaching resources. They also explore how mathematical learning might be facilitated by the appropriate use of information and communication, and digital technologies.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the number and algebra strand of the Australian Curriculum
  2. plan engaging introductions that launch a main activity
  3. plan lesson closures that reinforce learning objectives
  4. sequence lessons using knowledge of effective teaching strategies
  5. locate and evaluate a range of teaching resources
  6. critically evaluate tasks using ICT and digital technologies and explore how they promote children's understanding, procedural fluency and problem-solving skills
  7. demonstrate confidence in their ability to engage in mathematical thinking.


Sequenced lesson plans (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Critique of a task using digital technology (2400 words or equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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