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EPM742 - Fostering Primary Children's Mathematical Development

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:S Groves



Must be enrolled in course E760.

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


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. 


Collaborative report based on interviews with children 40% 2000 words equivalent.

Teaching plan based on interview data collected for Assessment 1 30% 1500 words equivalent.

Literature review 30% 1500 words equivalent.

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. (Also available as an eBook).

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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