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The Practice (PCK) of Teaching Mathematics (9888.2)

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


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This unit looks at helping children learn mathematics with understanding. The theoretical underpinnings of this unit are; Mathematical Pedagogical Content Knowledge Representational Theory (modes of representation); The structure of the Australian National mathematics curriculum; Planning for effective mathematics lessons; Appropriate content: knowing your students: individual differences including cultural differences and learning styles; use of ICT and effective use of resources. Each of these themes will be important throughout the remainder of this unit; The importance of the Language of Mathematics and The Proficiency Strands; Developing Number Sense; Rational Number; Developing Measurement Sense; Developing Geometric Reasoning; Developing understanding of Statistics and Probability; and Assessment and Evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how the theoretical underpinnings of mathematics teaching and learning inform classroom practice;

2. Demonstrate familiarity with the purpose, structure and implementation of the Australian Mathematics Curriculum;

3. Select and apply appropriate pedagogical practice to help children make sense of mathematics; and

4. Design, deliver and assess a series of mathematical learning experiences for students.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week. The content and delivery of this unit will be supported with additional on-line resources.


Students must have passed 24 credit points including 9864 Core Mathematics.



Assumed Knowledge

First two years of Education degree.

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