Learning Area Mathematics 2

Subject 460-588 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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:

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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Dr Gloria Stillman
Subject Overview:

This subject will focus on the teaching of senior secondary mathematics in Victoria, and consider key issues in mathematics education which are relevant to the post-compulsory years. Teacher candidates will develop pedagogical content knowledge for the effective teaching and learning of years 11-12 mathematics. They will consider the provision of mathematics and numeracy for all school students, including in vocational education.

Teacher candidates will consider Victorian curriculum resources for senior secondary mathematics, assessment, use of graphics and symbolic calculators, use of school and state-wide data to improve school students’ learning, and the provision of a balanced curriculum incorporating concepts, skills, applications, modelling and problem solving. They will examine international data on students’ performance in mathematics, and appreciate features of teaching mathematics in Australia and other countries.

Teacher candidates will consider research evidence related to key issues of teaching mathematics such as: the role of technology, equity, individual differences, school student learning in particular topics, the need for computational fluency, the role of statistical literacy.


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

  • demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge for teaching years 11-12 mathematics;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the years 11-12 mathematics curriculum;
  • demonstrate knowledge of issues and research related to mathematics education;
  • use resources, including graphics and symbolic calculators, effectively in mathematics teaching;
  • use school and statewide data to inform teaching practices;
  • demonstrate knowledge of assessment practices at years 11-12.

There are 3 assessment tasks:

  • Lesson plan and pedagogical analysis, for year 11-12 mathematics (1000 words equivalent) due week 3 (25%)
  • Report on assessment (2000 words) due mid semester (50%)
  • Essay on an issue in mathematics education (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.

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

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