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Mathematics in the Primary Curriculum (EDN564)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SS2-internal, SS2-external
Description The focus is on the teaching and learning of the mathematics described in the Australian curriculum. Students will learn to develop ways to enact the curriculum within the primary school context. The unit will provide a platform for them to develop pedagogical content knowledge, including the different ways children learn mathematics. The development will enable students to prepare learning activities and building these activities into lesson plans. Further they will embed the plans within a year-long program which they will draft.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:
1. Outline the content and the proficiency strands of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics (ACM)
2. Locate the details of the ACM online
3. Understand the mathematics described in the ACM
4. Know some of the common misconceptions that children may hold about certain mathematical ideas and the need for a diagnostic approach
5. Be able to plan a well-structured lesson that enables students to learn the knowledge and skills that you intend them to learn
6. Draft a year-long program and plan a series of lessons for teaching and learning a key concept or a big idea
7. Demonstrate some ability in assessing children's learning
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops/seminars: 3 hours per week over 10 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences Interactive learning and participation are fundamental to the learning experiences in this unit. Internal students attend lecture/workshops which will be recorded and shared with external students. Students are expected to prepare for each workshop. Preparation would include reading of selected texts, prescribed teaching resources and articles, engaging with online teaching resources and viewing of video clips, including pre-recorded lectures. External students will engage in similar learning experiences but share those experiences through online discussion.
Assessment The assessment will be based on 3 items:
1. An interview with a primary school child and a report and analysis of the interview in the form of a narrated slide show presentation, demonstrating competence in identifying a child's knowledge of mathematics appropriate to year level and diagnosing areas where the child might need more work.
2 Planning a series of three consecutive lesson plans
3. Creating a year-long program based on a selected year level of the Australian Curriculum Feedback will be in the form of tutor's comments on the assignments and the marks awarded
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Primary), and successful completion of, EDN5501 Transition to Teaching
Exclusions Student who have successfully completed EDN3331 Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools or EDN351 Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools may not enrol in this unit
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Master of Teaching (Primary) (MTeachPrim) [New in 2015]
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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