Course Title: Critical Issues in School Mathematics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Issues in School Mathematics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2445

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

TCHE2513

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Jude Ocean

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7863

Course Coordinator Email: jude.ocean@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge is that you have completed Professional Experience: Developing a Sense of Number


Course Description

In this course you will focus on numeracy across the curriculum through the development of integrated units of work and project-based approaches to contemporary issues such as equity, technology, social justice, and environmental responsibility. A strong emphasis will be placed on applying what is known about the teaching and learning of mathematics and numeracy to create a practical product or outcome that practicing teachers will find valuable.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts
    Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.
  • Communicate using a range of formats and strategies to audiences within and external to the discipline of education.
    Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.
  • Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.


You will be assessed on your development of the course learning outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and illustrate your personal philosophy of teaching and learning mathematics and how this contributes to numeracy development
  • Recognise the opportunities for teaching and learning mathematics across the curriculum and for exercising numeracy skills in everyday contexts
  • Apply what you know about effective teaching practice and current issues to design and implement an integrated unit of work that reflects contemporary teaching, learning and assessment practices in mathematics education
  • Research an issue impacting the teaching and learning of mathematics and/or numeracy with a view to making recommendations for future practice
  • Identify, discuss and evaluate of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for mathematics classrooms.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be expected to attend and participate in all classes, engage in peer group discussions and school-based activities as required, actively seek additional resources, critically reflect on your own learning, and complete assessment tasks in accordance with the published guidelines (see below).

This is a core course that focuses on numeracy across the curriculum through the development of integrated units of work and project-based approaches to contemporary issues such as equity, technology, social justice, and environmental responsibility. A major emphasis will be placed on participation in project-based teams to reflect the ways in which teachers engage in professional learning communities.
 


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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

The statement of student responsibilities http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/responsibilities/statement summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=4h6zjlodz6dyz