EDF3021 - Mathematics and numeracy 2 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Jennifer Hall (Clayton)

Dr Sharyn Livy (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit extends students' knowledge, skills and dispositions relating to mathematics and numeracy education. The unit focuses on 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 mathematics education and practical learning strategies so they can implement effective student learning in different mathematical topics. There is an emphasis on facilitating children's learning in a variety of sociocultural and educational contexts. Students use and apply learning technologies that are inclusive of all learners, and develop and use creative assessment. 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 mathematics education (can include individual and/or group work) (2000 words or equivalent per student, 50%)

Exploration and critique of powerful pedagogical practices in mathematics (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:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 24 hours per semester
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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