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ESM310 - Teachers and Mathematics: Creating An Effective Classroom

Unit details

Year2016 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:

Leicha Bragg

Campus contact:

Leicha Bragg (Burwood (Melbourne))

Jun Li (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

Sandra Herbert (Warrnambool)





Incompatible with: EME500
Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week and 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week for 9 weeks.


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 report and/or oral presentation of manipulatives and readings that develops conceptual understanding of a mathematical content area. Assessment will total the equivalent of 1600 words (40%)

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