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Offered in alternate years 2011, 2013
|Incompatible with:||SIT197, SIT198|
This unit explores two fundamental areas of mathematics, space and number, and provides participants with ideas for teaching that exploit this knowledge. Topics covered include: the natural, rational and real numbers; the role of written, mental and calculator computation; using mental computation as a vehicle for enhancing number sense and developing explanation skills; the potential of the calculator to foster children’s exploration of number; using geometry in art and design,including paper engineering and the work of M. C. Escher, as a vehicle for meaningfully engaging students from Prep to Year 10 with the space content of the curriculum. Participants will be expected to reflect on issues related to pedagogical approaches that enhance students’ construction of their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts.
Two written assignments (40% and 60%) based on mathematical and pedagogical aspects of space and number, including a report on implementing activities with students. Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.