ETM711 - Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics 7-10: Statistics and Probability


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online) with intensive seminars

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course E515



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:

ESM724, ESM725

Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (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 intensive seminar across trimester.


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 Statistics and Probability 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: Data collection, data representation, data distribution, chance, uncertainty, variability, sampling, error, and prediction

This unit reflects current mathematical pedagogies, such as inquiry-based learning, with a particular emphasis on mathematical modelling and investigation. Approaches include the effective use of multiple representations, digital technologies (including hand-held technologies) and manipulatives. Alternative forms of argumentation, and reasoning, in relation to statistical thinking in Years 7-10 are emphasised.

Contemporary ways of teaching and learning Statistics and Probability 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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