Course Title: Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Years

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Years

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Prof Dianne Siemon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7916

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None listed

Course Description

This course will focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics and numeracy in the upper primary and junior secondary years of schooling. A strong emphasis will be placed on the importance of designing rich and exciting mathematical learning experiences for students at this level. This course will lay the foundation for continued numeracy development across all key learning areas and to promote the development of mathematical problem solving and thinking skills necessary for a technological age.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Appreciate the concept of critical numeracy and its importance in a rapidly changing information and technology-rich society.
• Deepen their understanding of the key ideas and skills that underpin the teaching and learning of mathematics and numeracy at this level and the everyday contexts in which they occur.
• Become familiar with what is known about middle years principles and how these apply to the teaching of Mathematics.
• Develop a positive and confident attitude towards the teaching of mathematics, a critical awareness of current approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics and numeracy in the middle years, and a capacity to plan and implement effective mathematics learning situations.
• Become familiar with relevant resources including, assessment and reporting tools, and strategies to support differentiated teaching and thinking and working mathematically across the middle years and the wider curriculum.
• Deepen their knowledge of local, state and national curriculum and policy documents for school mathematics and numeracy.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts, skills and strategies involved in teaching and learning mathematics and numeracy in the middle years.
• Plan, implement, and evaluate effective mathematics learning situations to address a range of learning needs, promote the negotiation of meaning and support the developmentment of students’ problem solving and thinking skills across the curriculum.
• Draw on a wide variety of relevant resources including state, national and/or school-based documents to further develop their knowledge and confidence for teaching mathematics. Plan effective learning sequences, select and implement appropriate teaching materials and tasks, and make connections to other aspects of the curricula.
• Observe and interpret students’ mathematical behaviour and use a range of assessment tools to identify learning needs and plan effective learning activities to meet those needs.
• Recognise and respond appropriately to issues and challenges in teaching and learning mathematics/numeracy at this level.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, task preparation and implementation.
• Personal proficiency in using ICT.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers know their students.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers use a range of teaching practices and resources to engage students in effective learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, practical activities, assigned tasks, school visits, individual research, collaborative group work, discussion, and critical reflection. A major emphasis will be placed on an interactive, activity-centred, inquiry-oriented approach to learning in the middle years.

Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning resources will be used. Students will need to access web-based resources including relevant curriculum and policy documents, research literature, and teaching and learning resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, prepare curriculum resources, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.