edu3dmt developing mathematical thinking




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students explore how we learn mathematics including the development of understanding and confidence, connection between concepts, ability to choose procedures and use the familiar to the develop new ideas, problem solving and reasoning. They become familiar with current theories, pedagogy and curriculum and the range of teaching strategies, guides and equipment that support the development of mathematical thinking. ICT and other technology skills associated with accessing, processing and communicating in a blended learning environment are embedded within the course and utilised in assessment tasks.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMargaret J Robertson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites EDU2SOM or co-ordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a pedagogical philosophy demonstrating appreciation of the role of research, additional resources and prior experience in supporting teaching.


02. Demonstrate appropriate skills in written communication in the context of mathematics.


03. Analyse and explain how to identify the prior knowledge learning strengths and weaknesses of students and other factors that impact on their ability to think mathematically.


04. Demonstrate an understanding of the resources, strategies, processes and skills required to advise and teach maths to enhance mathematical thinking and learning.


05. Demonstrate an understanding of the teacher skills required to motivate and support Primary school students in their mathematical learning.


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMargaret J Robertson

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one case study where an individualised learning plan and class lesson plan is developed (2500 words)6003, 04, 05
one essay (1500 words)4001, 02