Learning Area Mathematics (Additional) 2

Subject 460-590 (2008)

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - 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: 460-587 Learning Area Mathematics 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Helen Chick
Subject Overview:

This subject will focus on teaching and learning issues associated with developing school students’ skills, strategies and dispositions for working mathematically. Themes to be considered include problem solving (including strategies and heuristics), mathematical modelling, extended investigations, real-world applications, integrating mathematics into other curriculum areas, project work, argumentation and conjecturing informal and formal proof, and the choice and use of technology to support mathematical work.

Teacher candidates will examine a number of theories and theoretical perspectives on mathematical learning and how they inform teaching towards working mathematically.

Assessment: There are 3 assessment tasks: A report (1500 words) due early semester (37.5%) A report (1500 words) due mid semester (37.5%) An essay (1000 words) due end of semester (25%) There is 1 hurdle requirement: Completion of weekly tasks.
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.

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Generic Skills:

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of problem solving strategies and how to help school students to develop problem solving ability;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of mathematical modelling and applications and their importance in school students’ mathematical learning;
  • Demonstrate the ability to foster school students’ skills in mathematical conjecturing and reasoning;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of selected learning theories in mathematics education.

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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