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Teaching Secondary Mathematics (7-10) (EDN542)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-external
Description This unit aims to support the student to transit into teaching secondary mathematics. It will focus on developing competence with the planning and implementation skills associated with the teaching of a program of secondary mathematics, directed towards the development of the mathematical skills and problem-solving abilities of adolescents. This unit is about teaching mathematics; the main focus is on the pedagogical content knowledge rather than the mathematics content knowledge per se.
Unit Learning Outcomes Through their participation in the unit, students will engage in learning experiences designed to facilitate
progress in their achievement of these outcomes. This focus provides the basis for determining learning experiences, teaching practices and assessment procedures. 1. Mathematics learning Investigate how mathematics is learned and use this as a basis to implement a sound mathematics programme. In achieving this outcome, students: 1.1 Understand a range of theories about how mathematics is learned 1.2 Recognise differences between adolescent thinking about mathematics and their own thinking 1.3 Consider afresh the mathematics they have learned themselves from the perspective of students 1.4 Design mathematics learning and teaching activities suitable for particular student groups
2. Official curricula Interrogate the Australian Curriculum: the rationale; the intended approaches to learning, teaching and assessment for mathematics in secondary schools. In achieving this outcome, students: 2.1. Understand the nature and structure of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, especially for Years 7-10 2.2. Understand the nature and purpose of Overarching and Mathematics Learning Area outcomes 2.3. Understand connections between outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment 2.4. Understand the nature, role and use of Achievement Standards and Work Samples in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics 2.5. Appreciate the nature and scope of school mathematics and its relation to other learning areas 3. Learning resources Access, evaluate and use resources, including appropriate technologies, for teaching and learning secondary school mathematics. In achieving this outcome, students: 3.1. Access professional literature and demonstrate some competence in discussing the views of a range of stakeholders involved in issues commonly related to the teaching and learning of mathematics in secondary schools; consider critically the broad range of viewpoints and positions offered 3.2. Use a range of technologies including online resources in designing teaching and learning activities 3.3. Evaluate and use printed and online educational materials 3.4. Evaluate and use physical materials for student learning 4. Planning Demonstrate competence in long-term planning and evaluation skills for secondary school mathematics programmes. In achieving this outcome, students: 4.1. Develop programmes of learning, including suitable attention to both skills and problem solving 4.2. Develop classroom skills associated with implementing a planned programme 4.3. Design means for monitoring student progress towards outcomes
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is based on activities. Students are expected to learn through activities such as mathematical tasks, challenges and/or investigations. Activities can be self-directed and/or group-based. Group or online discussions of related pedagogical elements and issues are tapped on to draw out learning of key concepts and skills spelt out in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.
Other Learning Experiences Accessing online learning resources recommended through the LMS.
Assessment Students are assessed through two assignments and their participation in an online forum. The first assignment is an interview with a secondary school child to understand the child's knowledge about some aspects of mathematics. The second is about planning a sequence of lessons around a topic chosen from the Australian Curriculum. Short comments are given to highlight pertinent points and provide feedback indicating the extent the student had met expectations. The online/in-class discussions are for students to learn critical analysis of assigned readings or doing assigned mathematics-related tasks, and communicating what they have done in online/in-class discussions.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Mathematics 7 - 10), and successful completion of, or co-enrolment in, either MAS540 Mathematics for Teaching Secondary (7-10) or MAS541 Statistics for Teaching Secondary (7-10).
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN314 Mathematics and the Curriculum (Secondary) (Minor) or the Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Mathematics 7-10) (GradCertEd(SecMaths))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Kai Fai Ho
Lecturer in Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2677
e: K.Ho@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.012 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
Dr Kai Fai Ho
Lecturer in Education

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2677
e: K.Ho@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.012 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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