Learning Area Mathematics 1

Subject 460-587 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: 125 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Lynda Ball
Subject Overview:

This subject provides an orientation to the profession of mathematics teaching, to teaching mathematics in Victorian schools, and to Australian mathematics curricula. Teacher candidates will develop teaching skills and the pedagogical content knowledge for the effective teaching and learning of years 7-10 mathematics. They will consider the importance of numeracy to school students’ further study and life chances, and explore the connections between numeracy and mathematics.

Teacher candidates will consider Victorian curriculum documents, lesson planning, classroom assessment of and for learning, effective use of resources (e.g. technology, textbooks), and the provision of a balanced curriculum incorporating concepts, skills, applications and problem solving.

A research-informed analysis of school students’ mathematical understanding in selected topics will provide insight into teaching strategies to cater for school students’ individual differences and personalise their learning.

T eacher candidates will consider important pedagogical issues such as: questioning, selection of good examples, representations and models of mathematical ideas. Teacher candidates will form an appreciation of exemplary mathematics teaching, and develop reflective mathematics teaching practices.

Assessment: There are 3 assessment tasks: Lesson plan with pedagogical analysis (1000 words equivalent) due early semester (25%) A report critiquing resources for a given topic (1500 words equivalent) due mid semester (37.5%). Report on pedagogical issues associated with the teaching of a mathematical topic (1500 words) due end of semester (37.5%) There is one hurdle requirement: Weekly tasks completed satisfactorily.
Prescribed Texts: CAS calculator Goos, M., Stillman, G., Vale, C. (2007) Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Research and Practice for the 21st Century. Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge for teaching years 7-10 mathematics;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Victorian years 7-10 mathematics curriculum;
  • Use research to inform teaching strategies to cater for school students’ individual differences;
  • Reflect on and evaluate teaching practices to improve their own mathematics teaching;
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan effective mathematics lessons incorporating good teacher questions and appropriate examples, explanations and tasks;
  • Use resources, including technology, effectively in mathematics teaching;
  • Understand the components of a balanced curriculum;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of how to assess mathematical understanding.

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of changes.
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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