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ESM415 - Problem Solving and Modelling in the Mathematics Classroom

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:J Li



Student must be enrolled in a School of Education teaching course.

Incompatible with: EME415
Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit will address theoretical and practical aspects of problem solving and mathematical modelling. Participants will be expected to access significant print and on-line national and international literature in the area, interact with video showing problem solving in classrooms across a range of year levels, engage in the process of attempting to solve non-routine problems, and reflect on the strategies they used and the solution paths they followed.
Topics include: the nature of mathematical problems and the problem solving process; problem posing and mathematical investigations; communicating mathematical explanations and proof; the concept of a mathematical model and the modelling process; applying the modelling process to real world problems; the role of problem solving and modelling in the school curriculum; organising classrooms for problem solving and modelling; and what constitutes a mathematically rich problem or situation for use in classrooms.

Emphasis will also be placed on classroom aspects of problem solving and modelling, including the need to actively involve students, the role of the teacher, evaluation and resources, including web-based resources for teachers and students.

Participants will prepare, trial and critically evaluate problem-solving activities for use with primary or secondary school students.


Portfolio 40% - Portfolio of problem solving and modelling tasks.

Essay 20% - Teaching and learning problem solving and modelling – an international perspective.

Report 30% - Reflective report on the development and teaching of a series of problem solving or modelling sessions.

Participation in CloudDeakin online discussions 10%

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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