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EDX3280 Mathematics Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 1, 2015 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood

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Examiner: David Martin
Moderator: Brett Moffett


Pre-requisite: EDX1280


Educators of primary and middle school mathematics need both an understanding of and an appreciation for the key mathematics concepts and skills that are embodied in the mathematics curriculum. Educators also need to be competent in planning for, and responding to, the mathematical needs of individual children within today's technologically rich learning environments. One of the more effective ways to achieve this is to have educators link their own understanding of mathematical concepts with their emerging personal and practical theories of teaching mathematics.


Students will examine a variety of concepts from each strand within the primary school and middle school mathematics curriculum. Past and present practices will be critically examined in the light of research findings, curriculum documents and teaching practice. These practices will be analyzed, compared, adapted, modified and refined in the context of group discussion and guided workshop activities. Readings, computers and focus questions will be used to help students identify and address challenges faced by the typical teacher of mathematics. Students will be encouraged to build frameworks for thinking about and articulating their own approaches to teaching mathematics. Components making up the first assessment item will be integrated into these workshops and assessed on a continuous ongoing basis.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate competence in the use of materials, language, symbols, structured activities and teaching aids, including using ICT, for the development of mathematical concepts, skills and strategies related to the geometry, measurement, statistics and probability, and algebra strands (Assignment, Examination; Professional Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 4.2)
  2. demonstrate competence in integrating maths sub-strands into effective learning and teaching sequences (Assignment; Professional Standards 2.5, 3.2, 4.2)
  3. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of teaching strategies which correlate with the development of students and how these might affect learning (Assignment, Examination; Professional Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.5, 3.6, 4.1)
  4. demonstrate using a range of resources, including ICT, effective planning using knowledge of student learning, curriculum content and effective teaching strategies (Assignment, Examination; Professional Standards 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
  5. demonstrate use of curriculum and assessment knowledge to design learning sequences, assessments and set learning goals for students (Assignment; Professional Standards 3.1, 4.2, 5.1)
  6. demonstrate competence as teachers of mathematics who are able to articulate and justify their personal philosophy upon which they will ground their teaching of primary mathematics (Assignment; Professional Standard 1.2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Patterns and algebra strand: contemporary theory and practice 20.00
2. Measurement strand: contemporary theory and practice 20.00
3. Statistics and probability strand: contemporary theory and practice 20.00
4. Geometry [space] sub strand: contemporary theory and practice 20.00
5. Pedagogical practices for making connections in teaching primary mathematics across the mathematics strands with and without the use of ICT 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Reys, R, Lindquist, M, Lambdin, D, Smith, N, Rogers, A, Falle, J, Frid, S & Bennett, S 2012, Helping children learn mathematics, 1st Australian edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland. (An eBook is available for the Reys textbook - please see the StudyDesk for purchasing guidelines).
  • Van de Walle, J 2013, Elementary and middle school mathematics: teaching developmentally, 8th edn, Pearson, Sydney, New South Wales.
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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bennett, A & Nelson, T 2010, Mathematics for elementary teachers: a conceptual approach, 8th edn, WCB McGraw-Hill, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Booker, G, Bond, D, Sparrow, L & Swan, P 2014, Teaching primary mathematics, 5th edn, Pearson, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Reys, RE, Lindquist, MM, Lambdin, DV, Smith, NL & Suydam, MN 2012, Helping children learn mathematics, 1st Australian edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Van de Walle, J & Lovin, L 2006, Teaching student-centered mathematics: volumes 1, 2 and 3, Pearson, New York.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 50 50 18 May 2015
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the total allocated marks for each assessment

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Closed Examination: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.