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ESM424 - Mathematics: Curriculum Study

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

(For students enrolled in courses D342, D344, D347, D351, E359, E377, E365, E455 and E356M only)

Unit chair:

Colleen Vale





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


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 National Curriculum 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) is examined. Tasks are then designed and implemented, and reflections upon the learning that occurred model the 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% - Formulate an inquiry associated with the learning of mathematics through professional experience placement participation, and interrogate research literature to explore this question.

All tasks will be criterion referenced.

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