This unit is designed to provide students with opportunities to investigate current issues in primary school mathematics education. The findings and implications of contemporary research for classroom practice and the impact of curriculum documents are then carefully reviewed and evaluated within a social justice and equity framework.
Students will develop and apply advanced strategies for the explicit teaching of numeracy involving whole class, group and individual instruction, focusing on children's development of concepts, skills and understandings in mathematics. The teaching of rational number, algebra, and chance and data will form the content basis of this unit, along with mathematical thinking and critical problem solving. Students will examine a range of formal and informal assessment strategies with an emphasis on using these tools to inform reporting on student achievement. Underpinning students' explorations in the unit will be theories of children's mathematical learning such as constructivism, and socio-cognitive approaches to learning.