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ESM310 - Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in course E359 only)
Unit chair:L Bragg
Campus contact:

L Bragg (Burwood (Melbourne))

TBA (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

S Herbert (Warrnambool)


ESM210 and one of SIT198 or SIT106



Incompatible with: EME500
Contact hours: 3 to 4 hours per week


This unit is the second of three compulsory units in primary mathematics education. Students in this unit will explore the connection between children as learners who construct their own understanding of mathematics and an inquiry-based model for classroom practice. They will develop strategies to provide challenging, coherent and inclusive mathematical learning experiences for children. Other topics include planning, implementing and evaluating learning in mathematics; problem-solving and mathematical investigations; developing spatial thinking and techniques for teaching geometry; using children's literature to stimulate children's engagement and learning in mathematics; teaching chance and data through an investigational approach; the development of informal and formal concepts for the measurement of time, temperature, money and angle; designing effective activities for mathematics learning; and the use of appropriate learning technologies to enhance mathematics learning and teaching.


There are 3 assessment items in this unit. All items must be submitted to pass this unit.

(1) Report exploring children's literature to enhance engagement and understanding in mathematics (50%)

(2) Online reflective discussion task (10%)

(3) Written/oral report of a research or practice-based development of an outline of mathematical activities. Group assessment will total the equivalent of 4000 words. Oral presentation of Smartboard manipulative, 1600 words per group member (40%)

Prescribed texts

Reys, R.E., Lindquist, M.M., Lambdin, D.V. and Smith, N.L. (2012, 10th Edition) Helping children learn mathematics Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and sons

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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