Learning Disabilities: Numeracy

Subject EDUC90194 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 25-Jul-2016
Teaching Period 01-Aug-2016 to 05-Sep-2016
Assessment Period End 23-Oct-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 26-Jul-2016
Census Date 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

During the pre-teaching period students are required to complete readings that will be provided via LMS.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours



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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Jeanette Berman



Subject Overview:

This subject reviews current theories of learning disabilities in numeracy and their implications for instruction. Relevant diagnostic and instructional models are analysed in terms of their theoretical bases, empirical support and implications for implementation. Contemporary numeracy education programs and practices for use with students who have numeracy disabilities are analysed and evaluated. In addition, strategies for the provision of assistance at the systematic, school and classroom levels are examined.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject you should be able to

  • discuss the cognitive and affective processes involved in learning numeracy
  • understand the developmental trends to acquiring numeracy knowledge
  • discuss the causes of different types of numeracy disabilities
  • discuss and evaluate procedures for diagnosing and reporting numeracy difficulties,
  • discuss the characteristics of successful numeracy instructional programs according to particular numeracy learning disabilities,
  • evaluate the effectiveness of numeracy education programs intended for use with students who have learning difficulties in numeracy and
  • develop and implement education programmes that are supported by current research.
  • Reflective task (500 words) Due mid-semester, 10%
  • Written task (4500 words) Due end semester, 90%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: www.education.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)
Master of Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)
Master of Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)
Master of Learning Intervention
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)

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