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* This unit is offered in intensive mode
Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)*
(For students enrolled in course E760 only)
|Unit chair:||M Lacey|
Student must be enrolled in course E760, E760P, or E760S.
36 hours intensive seminars
This unit will enable students to have a clear understanding of the nature of numeracy and literacy. It emphasises that numeracy encompasses not only mathematical concepts and skills (e.g. numerical, spatial, graphical, statistical and algebraic), but also mathematical thinking, general thinking skills, problem solving strategies and the context within which these concepts and skills are to be applied. It features language and literacy as social constructs and addresses theories of reading and writing processes; oral language and its importance in learning; teacher talk and its role in student learning; and second language learning and the second language learner. Teaching, learning and assessment materials from a literacy and numeracy perspective will be critically evaluated, including an examination of the language of texts and genres across different curriculum areas. Students will develop teaching strategies to discern and respond to the inherent literacy and numeracy demands and opportunities across the curriculum. In addition, students will also identify and address the numeracy and literacy demands on teachers in their professional lives in areas such as planning, timetabling, assessment and reporting, and their role in developing a whole school approach to literacy and numeracy.
A group presentation based on an analysis of interviews with people in the workplace regarding the literacy and numeracy demands in their lives. (30%)
An individual written assignment based on an analysis of the literacy and numeracy demands of a unit of work, together with reflection on appropriate teaching strategies to support student learning. (35%)
An individual written report to stakeholders based on an analysis and interpretation of real world educational data. (35 %)
Assessment will total the equivalent of 5000 words.
Victorian Qualifications Authority 2003, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Curriculum Planning Guide: VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills Strand, Victorian Qualifications Authority, Victoria.
Burnett, BM, Tait, GW, Meadmore, DA 2004, New Questions For Contemporary Teachers, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, Australia.
Marsh, C 2008, Becoming a Teacher, 4th edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, Australia.
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