EDF2215 - Mathematics education 2 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Sarah Hopkins (Clayton)

Dr Sharyn Livy (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


In this unit pre-service teachers further extend their knowledge and understanding of the discipline of mathematics and how students learn in this subject from Foundation to Year 8. They develop a critical understanding of effective teaching practices so they are able to design learning sequences that are informed by current research and maximise learning for students. They use diagnostic and formative assessment strategies to inform their understanding of children's progress in mathematics so they can plan appropriate learning experiences. They also construct summative assessments with marking guides and rubrics to assess learning and analyse school-level data from varied assessments including national tests. Pre-service teachers' personal numeracy is developed as they apply their own mathematical knowledge to investigate an issue of personal interest using publicly available databases.


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

  1. develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the discipline of mathematics including the geometry and measurement, and the probability and statistics strands in the mathematics curriculum
  2. synthesise and apply research findings on effective teaching and learning in mathematics
  3. design a unit of work that includes strategies to promote a range of mathematical proficiencies including understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning capacities
  4. use a variety of assessment techniques to evaluate students' mathematical learning and to inform teaching
  5. explain the meaning of numeracy and develop their own numeracy proficiency and data use.


Research-informed unit of work (2400 words, 60%)

Mathematical investigation (1600 words equivalent, 40%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • lectures: 1 hr per week for 9 weeks
    • tutorials: 1.5 hrs per week for 10 weeks
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

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