Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is a core subject in which first year education students develop a firm grounding in the threshold knowledge required for teaching primary school mathematics. The focus is on student skill development in the key areas of teaching number and algebra. During the semester students will reflect on prior mathematical experience, examine current research and curriculum documents, learn how to develop primary classrooms as mathematical communities and how to develop mathematical logic, reasoning, conjecture, problem solving and invention. ICT skills associated with accessing, processing and communicating in a blended learning environment are embedded within the course and utilised in assessment tasks.

FacultyFaculty of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sanders

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Only available to students enrolled in the following courses: EBTP - Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), EBTS - Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), EBOCE - Bachelor of Outreach and Community Education, and EBTOCE - Bachelor of Teaching (Outreach and Community Education)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIllustrated Maths Dictionary (4th Ed)RecommendedDe Klerk, J.(2007)LONGMAN
ReadingsTeaching mathematics in primary schoolsRecommendedJorgensen R., Dole S. (2011)ALLEN & UNWIN
ReadingsTeaching primary mathematics (4th Ed)RecommendedBooker, G., Bond, D., Sparrow L., Swann P.PEARSON, PRENTICE HALL

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sanders

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Essay developing a philosopical framework on the teaching of primary mathematics50
Group presentation of mathematics conceptual focus (equivalent 1000-word) related assignment25
One 2-hour Multiple-Choice Mathematics Competency TestHurdle Requirement: Students must achieve a score of at least 80% on the test in order to pass this subject. Students who do not achieve a satisfactory outcome will need to re-sit an equivalent test.0
Reflective Feedback on group presentation (1000 words)25