Effective Senior Mathematics Teaching

Subject EDUC90664 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Enrolling students must have a teaching qualification either:

  • an undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level education qualification, or equivalent, or
  • a four-year education degree, or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Good knowledge of mathematics to at least Year 11 level, and general knowledge of teaching practices in any subject.

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


This subject is not offered in 2016.

Subject Overview:

This subject focuses in a practical way on the key features of teacher effectiveness in senior secondary mathematics, supporting and consolidating the pedagogical focus in the other subjects. It draws on perspectives from systemic curriculum documents, along with a broad look at assessment and lesson, unit and year planning for senior mathematics subjects. Practical teaching tasks are given throughout the subject. Particular tasks during the subject will engage participants with a range of mathematics topics from across senior mathematics subjects, such as financial and business mathematics, geometry and networks, sequences and series and matrices. The pedagogical and functional role of technology in developing concepts and skills are a focus. The concept of mathematical literacy, as examined by the OECD PISA, is applied to examine the needs of all learners for effective citizenship and post-school options. Students will be expected to participate in intensive teaching, completion of weekly exercises to satisfactory standard and regularly contribute to the electronic forum.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, participants will be able to

  • demonstrate knowledge of relevant mathematical content for senior secondary mathematics, and associated technology;
  • demonstrate knowledge of teaching students to apply mathematics, to model and investigate problems mathematically and to use technology appropriately, and of mathematical literacy for the workplace;
  • plan units of work and year long courses for senior mathematics classes taking into account research on student learning and principles of effective teaching;
  • practically implement working mathematically can be achieved in senior mathematics courses.
  • A report (2000 words equivalent) due early semester (40%)
  • Pedagogical analysis of a unit plan (3000 words equivalent) due end of semester (60%)
  • Hurdle Requirement. Students will be required to demonstrate an adequate level of mastery of mathematics knowledge at a Year 12 Mathematical Methods level through successful completion of a written test.

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

Prescribed Texts:

Goos, M., Stillman, G., & Vale, C. (2007). Teaching secondary school mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st century. Sydney: Allen & Unwin

Further readings will be provided.

Special requirement. Handheld calculator or computer software recommended for use in the VCE subject Mathematical Methods.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their mathematics teaching practices;
  • Understand the significance of developing their mathematics teaching practice on the basis of research evidence
  • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter for this area of teaching and of general principles of effective teaching and learning in a mathematics context, including with technology

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