EDF5651 - Developing expertise in mathematics education - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Hazel Tan


Hazel Tan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (Flexible)


EDF6401, EDF6402


This unit exposes students to a broad view of what constitutes mathematics education. Students engage with, and reflect on, a range of evidence and diversity of research findings within the field of mathematics education. This includes explorations of curricular, pedagogical, learning, assessment and technology issues within classrooms and other learning settings, across the educational levels, and within other disciplines and professional contexts. International, cultural and political dimensions of mathematics education, as well as the challenges presented with respect to equity and inclusion on mathematics learning opportunities and outcomes, are considered. The relevance of mathematical skills (numeracy) in personal life and in the workplace to foster an ethical, sustainable and informed citizenry are explored.


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

  1. demonstrate awareness of a range of issues associated with the teaching and learning of mathematics in different contexts
  2. review the implications that curricular, pedagogical, learning, assessment and technology issues hold for mathematics teaching and learning in relevant contexts
  3. appreciate that various imperatives at many levels impinge on the design, implementation and outcomes of mathematics curricula
  4. recognise the contexts and settings in which mathematical knowledge and skills are relevant and applicable in society
  5. critically evaluate evidence and research findings to inform and guide practice.


Online activities (2000 word equivalent, 25%)

Critical reflection (2000 words, 25%)

Issue identification and review (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Option for Master of Education in:

Expert teaching practice

General education studies

Option for Master of Leadership in:

Curriculum and pedagogy


Elective for Master of Teaching in:

Early years education

Primary education

Secondary education