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Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools (EDN554)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit prepares students for teaching Mathematics in secondary schools by assisting the student teacher to develop competency with the planning and implementation skills associated with the teaching of a program of secondary mathematics. It is directed towards the development of the mathematical skills and problem-solving abilities of adolescents. The unit emphasises the development of effective teaching for outcomes as described in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and in the School Curriculum Standards Authority (SCSA) Senior Secondary Courses in Mathematics
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 outcome
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops/seminars: 2 x 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit is based on workshop activities. Students are expected to learn through activities such as mathematical tasks, challenges and investigations. Activities can be self-directed and/or group-based. Group or online discussions of related pedagogical elements and issues are also in-place 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 three assignments and online/inclass discussions. The first assignment is an interview with a secondary school child to understand better 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. The third assignment requires the student to draw a concept map of a topic chosen from the Senior Secondary mathematics courses. 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 Diploma in Education (Secondary); successful completion of EDN550 Transition to Teaching or BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work OR EDU101/EDU1011 Introduction to Teaching; a degree in an mathematics discipline relevant to high school mathematics teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN414 Mathematics and the Curriculum (Secondary) may not ernol in this unit for credit.
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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