ETM710 - Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics 7-10: Geometry and Measurement


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

This unit runs in alternate year and is not offered in 2024*

From 2025:

Trimester 1: Online with intensive seminars

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E515, E763, E765


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, independent study and
5 x 6-hours of practical experiences (workshops) across trimester.


*Students wishing to enrol in this unit in 2024 are advised that they can take alternate units ETM712 in Trimester 1 or ETM709 in Trimester 2.

This unit is one of four units intended for out-of-field teachers in mathematics who are teaching in the years 7-10.


This unit comprises one of four units in the Graduate Certificate of Secondary Mathematics. This unit simultaneously focuses on mathematical content for the learning of Geometry and Measurement in years 7-10 and contemporary teaching and learning approaches that increase Year 7-10 students’ opportunities to learn mathematics. It is informed by relevant research findings and guided by the Victorian Curriculum: Mathematics. Teaching in Years 7-10 necessitates a deep conceptual understanding of the mathematics underpinning Year 7-10 mathematics, the Year 7-10 mathematics content itself, and essential and relevant content beyond Year 7-10. Big ideas that will be included in the focus of this unit include: Comparison, estimation, figures and solids, orientation and location, transformations, measurement, classification, dimension, and proof.

This unit reflects current mathematical pedagogies, such as inquiry-based learning, with a particular emphasis on problem solving and investigation. Approaches include the effective use of multiple representations, digital technologies (including hand-held technologies) and manipulatives. Alternative forms of argumentation, reasoning, and proof are emphasised. Alternative forms of reasoning are used to solve problems and carry out investigations based upon geometry and measurement.

Contemporary ways of teaching and learning Geometry and Measurement will be explored in this unit, with opportunities to develop understanding of school mathematical knowledge, potential difficulties, common mis- and partial conceptions of the relevant content, assessment and the provision of learning activities to maximise learning opportunities.

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