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EPM742 - Primary Children's Mathematical Development

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

Credit point(s):1

Trimester 1

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Groves

Must be enrolled in course E760.

Contact hours:

4 hours per week


Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


The unit adopts a framework of children as learners who construct their own understanding of mathematics in the home, the classroom and the wider community. The unit aims to promote students’ understanding of how children’s mathematical concepts develop in the key areas of mathematics — number, measurement, space and chance and data. Students will explore the development of effective learning programs to support children’s construction of mathematical concepts. Students will be introduced to a range of effective teaching strategies and aids, as well as effective ways of incorporating the use of learning technologies. State, national and international curriculum materials will be referred to and used extensively. 


Literature Review 30%

A substantial review of current research on a topic in primary mathematics education selected in consultation with their tutor.


Research into children's development of number concepts 40%

Individual number interview with two children, contribute their data for the construction of a “virtual school”, data analysis, group report and class presentation.


Planning to teach mathematics 30%

Students plan and develop a sequence of lessons on a number based on the “virtual school” data.

Prescribed texts

Reys R, Lindquist M, Lambdin D V, Smith N L, Rogers A, Falle J, Frid S & Bennett S 2012, Helping children learn mathematics, 1st Australian edn, Wiley, Milton QLD. Killen, R 2012, Effective Teaching Strategies: Lessons from Research and Practice, 6th edn, Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne VIC.

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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