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ESM724 - Mathematics: Curriculum Study

Unit details

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2014 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

(For students enrolled in course E760 only)

Unit chair:S Herbert

Minimum discipline study requirement is a sub-major study in Mathematics equivalent to half a year of successful full-time higher education study. In most programs this equates to four units of mathematics including sequential units with no more than two of these four units at first year level. Statistics is accepted as Mathematics provided it is taken within a Mathematics Department. 



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 hours per week or equivalent


This unit simultaneously focuses on mathematical content and teaching and learning approaches that increase Year 7 - 10 students' opportunities to learn mathematics. Informed by findings from middle years research, and guided by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (2005) and the National Curriculum under development at present, in particular the focus will be on the intersection between these two documents. Autonomous student thinking is a focus of attention. A diversity of tasks (from the areas of Number, Space, Measurement, Chance and Data, Structure - numeric and algebraic structure) are examined. Tasks are then designed and implemented, and reflections upon the learning that occurred are a focus intended to develop the types of thinking of reflective teachers. Many complexities associated with classroom teaching (e.g., catering for individual differences, implementing effective group work, and capitalising on technology to support student learning) are identified and discussed. Study of assessment techniques focuses on monitoring student progress to promote further learning, assessing students' mathematical performance, and providing opportunities for students to demonstrate they can work mathematically.


Task 1 50% - Use research, independent thinking, and online discussion spaces to collaboratively design, develop and implement a learning activity, and collaboratively and individually reflect on its usefulness.

Task 2 50% -  Through reflection upon practicum experience, formulate and research a question that will assist in developing curriculum expertise.

Prescribed texts

Goos, M, Stillman, G, & Vale, C 2007, Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Research and practice for the 21st Century, Allen & Unwin, Australia.

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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