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Unit Overview


This unit explores current issues in mathematics pedagogy, modelling the relationship between mathematics as a discipline, education as a discipline, and mathematics pedagogy. Key themes include pedagogical knowledge for higher-level mathematics content, pedagogical leadership in mathematics, current research in mathematics pedagogy, and international perspectives on mathematics teaching and learning. Students develop and share a portfolio of strategies for teaching higher-level content based on current research and best-practice evidence. Students also present an in-depth examination of an issue or issues related to one of the four key themes in the unit.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge of higher-level secondary mathematics topics, and how these topics relate to possible later tertiary level studies in mathematics and related disciplines; (2) outline a conceptual framework for leadership in mathematics teaching and learning; (3) critically appraise current research and best practice in mathematics teaching and learning; (4) understand current international perspectives on mathematics teaching and learning; and (5) present an in-depth treatment of an area of specialisation in pedagogical higher-level content knowledge, in leadership in mathematics teaching and learning, in an aspect of research in mathematics pedagogy, or in an issue related to international perspectives on mathematics teaching and learning.


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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Merrotsy
Unit rules
EDUC5601 Curriculum Differentiation in Mathematics Classrooms
and EDUC5646 Teaching in New Learning Spaces
Contact hours
workshops: 2 hrs per week for 12 weeks

Andrews, P. and Rowland, T. eds Masterclass in Mathematics Education: International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning: Bloomsbury 2014

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