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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how junior secondary students learn mathematical concepts and skills; (2) explain the development of a conceptual framework for effective learning and teaching of mathematics in the junior secondary school, through the critical analysis of theory, policies and evidence-based practice; (3) 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); (4) demonstrate sound pedagogical content knowledge for junior secondary school mathematics, through the development of sequential lesson plans and programs; (5) implement evidence-based teaching resources, including ICT and assistive technologies, to enhance student learning in mathematics; (6) apply a range of assessment and evaluation processes and strategies, including diagnostic and dynamic assessments; and (7) demonstrate an awareness of state and national professional associations for teachers of mathematics.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lesson plans; (2) learning program; and (3) teaching resources and presentation. 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the lesson plans, learning program, and teaching resources and presentation components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Merrotsy
Unit rules
Enrolment in
32550 Master of Teaching – Secondary (ID 1414)
or Course Enrolment 32540 Master of Teaching (F-12) (ID 1510)
or Course Enrolment CM023 Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching - Secondary (ID 27)
Advisable prior study
at least four units of mathematics with two units at Level 2
Contact hours
30 hours
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