UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5462 Mathematics Curriculum I

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills and competencies required by teachers of secondary school mathematics, focusing on the active teaching and learning of mathematics in the secondary school. Students develop an understanding of how students learn mathematics, and explore current best practice for teaching number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability. Key themes respond to the Australian Curriculum and the WA syllabus to address mathematical understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning in teaching and learning, and the assessment and evaluation of student learning and of teaching practice. Students develop a broad range of teaching strategies and apply their knowledge and skills to prepare lesson plans, topic programs and thematic programs.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how secondary students learn mathematical concepts and skills; (2) develop a conceptual framework for effective learning and teaching of mathematics in the secondary school, through the critical analysis of theory, policies and evidence-based practice; (3) demonstrate a repertoire of learning and teaching strategies relevant to the secondary mathematics curriculum; (4) demonstrate applied knowledge of the Australian curriculum and the Western Australian curriculum, syllabus, learning outcomes, and scope and sequence documents for secondary Mathematics (and awareness of Mathematics F–6); (5) demonstrate sound pedagogical content knowledge for secondary school mathematics, through the development of sequential lesson plans and programs; (6) incorporate language, literacy, mathematical literacy, and cross-KLA (key learning areas) numeracy in lesson plans and programs; (7) implement evidence-based teaching resources, including information and communication technology (ICT) and assistive technologies, to enhance student learning in mathematics; (8) apply a range of assessment and evaluation processes and strategies, including diagnostic and dynamic assessments; (9) differentiate curriculum in lesson plans and programs to address the mathematical learning needs of students with a wide range of abilities and from a wide range of social and cultural contexts; (10) scaffold student learning in mathematics, through the inclusion and management of extension, enrichment and remediation in lesson plans and programs; (11) demonstrate a developing proficiency in engaging students from diverse social and cultural contexts in learning mathematical concepts and skills; (12) demonstrate an awareness of state and national professional associations for teachers of mathematics; and (13) demonstrate high standards of professional conduct when engaging with parents, colleagues, school and University personnel, and other professional people involved in mathematics education.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) lesson plans; (2) learning program; and (3) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the lesson plans, learning program, and professional conduct components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Peter Merrotsy
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching; Master of Science Communication and Education
Advisable prior study: at least four units of mathematics with two units at Level 2
Contact hours 30 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5462/SEM-1/2017

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