Learning Area: Mathematics 4

Subject EDUC40009 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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: A total of 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

B.Ed: 485-202 Learning Area: Mathematics 2 or 485-204 Learning Area: Mathematics 2 (Adv)

Study Abroad: Equivalent to 485-233 Learning Area (TP) Mathematics 2.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr Hilary Hollingsworth


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview:

This subject deals with primary school mathematics programs and current issues in mathematics education. The focus is on Years 4-6. Students will learn to critically evaluate mathematics programs, materials and teaching methods. Alternative approaches to the teaching of mathematics across a primary school, such as the integrated curriculum, thematic instruction, interdisciplinary curriculum and other current curricular models will be discussed and compared. A range of methods of assessment and reporting will be examined. Contemporary national and international curriculum documents will provide a focus for the discussion of primary mathematics and associated issues. Students will develop a mathematics program for use in upper primary mathematics classrooms.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate mathematics programs, materials and teaching methods;
  • Demonstrate understanding of alternative approaches to the teaching of mathematics across a primary school;
  • Compare, identify and apply current curricular models;
  • Demonstrate understanding of a range of methods of assessment and reporting;
  • Discuss primary mathematics and associated issues in the light of contemporary national and international curriculum documents;
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop a mathematics program for use in primary school classrooms.

There are three assessment tasks due throughout the semester:

  • An issues paper dealing with teaching and learning in upper primary mathematics classrooms Yrs 4 - 6 (1,000 words 15 per cent)
  • A unit planning assignment Yrs 4 -6 (1,000 words 35 per cent)
  • One 2 hour examination in the official examination period (50 per cent)
Prescribed Texts: Booker, G., Bond, D., Sparrow, L., & Swan, P. (2009) Teaching Primary Mathematics (4th ed.). French's Forrest: Pearson
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 students will have the knowledge and skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of change;
  • 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 co-operation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient and self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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