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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Considers specific strategies for best mathematics teaching, practice, including lesson planning, assessment and use of technologies using the recommendations of recent national enquiries into mathematics education.

Unit content

1. Knowledge of the Mathematics Years 7-10 syllabus 
2. Knowledge of Pedagogy and Assessment in relation to Mathematics 
3. Knowledge of Curriculum Content and Mandated Requirements for teaching Mathematics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and content of the Mathematics Years 7-10 syllabus, its history and status within the K -12 continuum of learning and be able to apply that understanding in order to meet the diverse needs and cultural backgrounds of learners and to engage all students in active learning
2 prepare detailed, engaging, coherent and effective lessons plans and units of work that relate to selected content and learning outcomes in the Mathematics Years 7-10 syllabus and that address theoretical and practical elements of a syllabus
3 demonstrate effective teaching and learning strategies based on the NSW Quality Teaching Framework, PEEL and a range of other current pedagogical frameworks designed to encourage the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, and student engagement
4 discuss strategies to assess student achievement of learning outcomes, including assessment 'for' and 'of' learning, to recognise how learners use their current understanding to discover, develop and incorporate new skills, knowledge and understanding, and to report on the achievement of learning outcomes
5 demonstrate and apply knowledge of syllabus cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities
6 critically engage with a range of issues in teaching Mathematics, and assess the appropriateness of resources (including ICT) that link to informed and effective teaching and learning across the Mathematics Years 7-10 syllabus
7 demonstrate well-developed written and oral communication skills, as appropriate to the needs and expectations of the profession.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts and content of the Mathematics Years 7-10 syllabus, its history and status within the K -12 continuum of learning and be able to apply that understanding in order to meet the diverse needs and cultural backgrounds of learners and to engage all students in active learning
    • GA4:
  2. prepare detailed, engaging, coherent and effective lessons plans and units of work that relate to selected content and learning outcomes in the Mathematics Years 7-10 syllabus and that address theoretical and practical elements of a syllabus
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate effective teaching and learning strategies based on the NSW Quality Teaching Framework, PEEL and a range of other current pedagogical frameworks designed to encourage the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, and student engagement
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. discuss strategies to assess student achievement of learning outcomes, including assessment 'for' and 'of' learning, to recognise how learners use their current understanding to discover, develop and incorporate new skills, knowledge and understanding, and to report on the achievement of learning outcomes
    • GA6:
  5. demonstrate and apply knowledge of syllabus cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities
    • GA4:
  6. critically engage with a range of issues in teaching Mathematics, and assess the appropriateness of resources (including ICT) that link to informed and effective teaching and learning across the Mathematics Years 7-10 syllabus
    • GA5:
  7. demonstrate well-developed written and oral communication skills, as appropriate to the needs and expectations of the profession.
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Goos, M, Stillman, G & Vale, C, 2007, Teaching secondary school mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st century, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, NSW.
  • NSW Board of Studies, 2012, Mathematics Syllabus K–10, 2nd edn, http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/mathematics/mathematics-k10/.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.