EDUC5614 Critical and Creative Thinking in Mathematics

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit models and promotes the active teaching and learning of mathematics through critical thinking and creative problem solving. Students explore current evidence-based best practice pedagogical content knowledge for teaching and learning mathematics in secondary school. Key themes respond to the Australian curriculum and address mathematical understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning in teaching and learning, set within the content strands of number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability. Students develop and share a portfolio of teaching and learning strategies that actively engage students in working mathematically, and that develop the general capabilities and address the cross-curriculum priorities of the Australian curriculum.
Students are able to (1) detail the development of a conceptual framework for effective teaching and learning of mathematics in secondary school, through the critical analysis of current theory, policies and evidence-based practice; (2) articulate sound pedagogical content knowledge that promotes mathematical understanding, fluency, problem solving, and reasoning; (3) demonstrate a repertoire of strategies that support active teaching and active learning through working mathematically, critical thinking and creative problem solving; and (4) incorporate mathematical literacy, cross-KLA numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT) and assistive technologies, and the Australian curriculum general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities in the planning of teaching and learning activities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online participation; (2) workshop presentation; (3) portfolio; and (4) essay/position paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Peter Merrotsy
Unit rules
a qualification in education, comprising at least four years' equivalent full-time study and at least two years' equivalent full-time relevant professional experience
Contact hours
workshops: 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks)

Rock, D. and Brumbaugh, D. K. Teaching Secondary Mathematics, 4th edn: Routledge 2013

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