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Unit Overview


This unit equips students with the knowledge to differentiate the curriculum for students in mathematics classrooms. It explores models of curriculum differentiation and their implementation through the critical examination of the evidence for effective curriculum differentiation and guidelines for its implementation. Key themes respond to the Australian Curriculum, and to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Professional Standards for Teachers, which require teachers to differentiate their teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities. Students develop and share a portfolio of curriculum differentiation strategies, lesson plans and programs that scaffold and engage school students in active learning.

6 points

Students are able to (1) outline a conceptual framework for effective differentiation of the curriculum; (2) critically analyse current methods of curriculum differentiation at classroom, school and system levels; (3) apply diagnostic testing to inform planning for remediation, enrichment and extension; (4) detail options for academic acceleration through critical analysis of research, policy, and guidelines for implementation; and (5) implement curriculum differentiation 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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop, online participation and presentation; (2) portfolio; and (3) essay/position paper. 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 essay/position paper component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Merrotsy
Unit rules
EDUC5614 Critical and Creative Thinking in Mathematics
and EDUC5608 Integrating Pedagogy and Technology (formerly EDUC5608 E-learning)
Contact hours
workshops: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks

Tomlinson, C. A. The differentiated classroom: Responding to the needs of all learners: ASCD 2010

Renzulli, J. S. et al. Systems and models for developing programs for the gifted and talented, 2nd edn: Prufrock Press 2009

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