Course Title: Teaching Measurements, Statistics and Probability in Primary Schools

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching Measurements, Statistics and Probability in Primary Schools

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2432

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Seah

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6632

Course Coordinator Email: rebecca.seah@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will focus on how the teaching of school Mathematics has changed in response to an increased focus on numeracy, and recent research on the teaching and learning of Mathematics. There is a strong emphasis on extending your knowledge and confidence in the mathematics that underpins school curricula at this level, with specific focus on Number (operations) through statistics and probability. This course will model a conceptually-rich, strategy-driven approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics. You will participate in the approaches and practices that enhance your learning in mathematics/numeracy. These include formative assessment, targeted teaching, open-ended questions, problem solving, rich tasks and investigations, mathematical games, and innovative uses of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and multimedia.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Your learning in this course is focused on development of the following program level capabilities.

  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and professional skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts.


At the conclusion of this course you will be assessed on the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate, articulate and analyse what it means to be numerate in a rapidly changing information and technology rich society
  • Analyse and reflect on the key ideas, representations and strategies needed to develop a sound understanding of measurement, geometry, statistics and probability in the primary school
  • Design and justify a sequence of activities for learners of varying abilities and learning needs
  • Recognise and explain common misunderstandings in mathematics and how they might be addressed in the context of primary mathematics classrooms.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, informal study groups, on-line discussions, reflection on children’s mathematics learning, the preparation of teaching materials, and readings to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/ summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1