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Unit details

ESM725 - Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

(For students enrolled in course E760 only)

Unit chair:G Williams
Prerequisite:

Successful completion of ESM724 including the minimum mathematics discipline studies requirements for entry to ESM724.

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

EME210, EME425, ESM225, ESM425, ESM724

Contact hours:

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

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin

Content

This unit focuses on mathematics units within the Victorian Certificate of Education (Foundation Mathematics, General Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods 1/2 3/4, Specialist Mathematics), and mathematics associated with the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). As the National Mathematics Curriculum is developed, it will also focus on this. The unit simultaneously examines mathematical content and teaching approaches that optimise student learning of that content. Attention is paid to developing teacher ability to sequence mathematical topics to increase student opportunities to think autonomously; to strengthen the connections they make between areas of mathematical content, and the contexts to which this mathematics applies. Assessment procedures are examined for the purpose of identifying how to increase student learning by progressive monitoring, and how to best assist students to meet assessment requirements. Design of assessment tasks is considered in the light of ways to monitor ongoing learning and how to assess at Units 1 and 2 in ways that prepare students for assessment in Units 3 and 4.

Assessment

Task 1 40% - Through collaborative and individual activity informed by research literature, develop, and show how to implement and assess, a sequence of areas of the mathematics curriculum to encourage autonomous mathematical thinking and deep learning. Demonstrate the ability to identify student learning trajectories and teacher actions that could enrich them.

Task 2 60% - Collaborative and individual analyses of senior secondary examination questions and examiners’ reports to identify an area where students experience conceptual difficulty. Collaborative development of a sequence of activities to assist in overcoming this difficulty. Individual development of an evidence based article for teachers to raise questions about current transmission approaches at senior secondary level, and illustrate an alternative approach to help overcome the conceptual difficulty identified.

Prescribed texts

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

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$769$615$2074$2656

* 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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