ED520.306 Developmental Learning and Pedagogy
ED521.306 Twenty-first Century Learning and Teaching
ED621.306 Ecology and Management of Learning Environments



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

In this unit, pre-service teachers will appreciate children’s capacities to learn about and through Mathematics. Through this unit pre-service teachers will evaluate the opportunities that thinking mathematically provides for children to understand themselves and their world. Pre-service teachers will explore a wide range of applications of mathematics and develop strategies to integrate mathematics with other curriculum areas.

Through this unit students will analyse contemporary theories of how children develop mastery in Mathematics. They will identify key aspects in children’s development of concepts and skills. The unit will cover strategies for effective pedagogies, assessment and curriculum design for developing children’s mathematical knowledge and skills. Pre-service teachers will appreciate the need for and develop inclusive practices for all children. They will evaluate and develop strategies to enable children from a range of diversities and contexts to succeed in mathematical learning.

The unit will cover the complexities of Mathematics and key curriculum documents such as Victorian Curriculum Foundation-10 and Australian Curriculum and the learning theories that underpin them. Through the unit students will examine a range of pedagogies to enable students’ effective learning about, in and through mathematics including: number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability; problem solving, reasoning and thinking mathematically. This will include exploring the integration of ICT for enhancing learning in mathematics as well as the use of digital technologies for mathematical purposes.

The unit will also focus on developing pre-service teachers’ personal proficiencies in mathematics as well as proficiencies in the use of related digital technologies to enable their own and children’s learning.

Pre-service teachers will discuss social, cultural and Christian perspectives on mathematics and pedagogies for teaching and learning in mathematics, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and will consider how their own understandings of Christian writings inform their teaching of mathematics.

The professional practice units will provide students with the opportunity to link theory to practice.

Teaching Strategies

Pre-service teachers learning in this course will involve a variety of approaches including: lectures; practicum; observation; responding to educational scenarios; critical reflections; discussion; tutorials; workshops; assessment tasks; assessment feedback; guest speakers; classroom observation; practical teaching assignments; reflective journals; contact with professional associations; oral presentations; and on-line activities.

Unit offerings

Face to face: Semester 1, 2019; Semester 1, 2020, and Semester 1, 2021

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.