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Primary Mathematics - Differentiated Classroom Practice PG (11346.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education



This unit builds on the knowledge of pedagogies appropriate for teaching primary mathematics that students acquired in Primary Mathematics - Teaching for Understanding G. In particular it focuses on two major areas of concern for Primary teachers of mathematics: 1. Identification of children within mainstream classrooms who experience difficulty with learning mathematics. This involves the development of assessment techniques and developing strategies for dealing with the needs of differentiated classrooms. 2. Programming mathematics. Recognition that children are at various stages in their acquisition of mathematical understandings and secondly that many factors impact on their mathematical development. Some factors that impact of classroom programming are individual students prior knowledge, different learning styles, cultural factors with an emphasis on the needs of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and varying specific needs of children with disabilities - physical, intellectual and emotional.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Facilitate children's understanding of mathematics in all content strands ensuring that children develop the processes for the Proficiency Strands;

2. Recognise the individual differences that children have in the acquisition of mathematical knowledge and understandings; these differences will include learning styles, cultural background with an emphasis on indigenous students and children with a variety of specific needs;

3. Identify common errors children make in mathematics and have a developed repertoire of effective strategies to help deal with these; and

4. Develop a mathematics programme which demonstrates coherence, appropriate sequencing and acknowledges differences in learning styles, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour tutorial on campus per week.


11341 Primary Mathematics - Teaching for Understanding G



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