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EME497 - Primary Mathematics Education 1

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

Pipelining from 2010- for continuing students only.

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E356, E365 and E356P only)
Unit chair:G Ferencz




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This is the first of two units examining the learning and teaching of mathematics in primary schools. Students will develop their understanding of the mathematical concepts, terminology and processes related to primary mathematics; be involved in the development of learning activities and resources to support children's construction of concepts associated with relevant mathematics topics, and begin to develop an appropriate theoretical framework for the learning and teaching of mathematics. Topics will include philosophical issues and recent developments in mathematics education; ancient and modern systems of numeration, counting and place value; the development of children's early number concepts; the use of calculators in primary mathematics; mental computation and estimation; the four operations and associated algorithms; developing children's concepts of chance through practical experiences; the role of discussion and small-group work in classrooms; and the development of informal and formal concepts for the measurement of length, perimeter, area and volume.


There are three assessment items for this unit:
Assignment 1: Students prepare a report based on an interview with early years children (30%).
Assignment 2: Students prepare a presentation on a primary maths topic (30%)
Assignment 3: Examination (40%).

Assessment will total the equivalent of 4000 words.

Prescribed texts

Mathematics Education 1: Study Guide, Deakin University 1997
Mathematics Education 1: Reader, Deakin University 1997
Guidelines in Measurement, Ministry of Education (Vic) 1981 (reprinted)
Guidelines in Number, Ministry of Education (Vic) 1985 (reprinted)
A National Statement on Mathematics for Australian Schools, Curriculum Corporation, Australian Education Council, Carlton, 1991.
Your own state's or region's current curriculum document for primary mathematics. (refer to website of relevant Education Department)

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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