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EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Learning Difficulties: Maths
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070113 - Teacher Education: Special Edu
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nicole Todd


It has been estimated that between 5% and 8% of school-age students have some form of difficulty with mathematical learning. In today's diverse classrooms it is vital for educators to ensure that all students have access to and can participate in the curriculum offered. The area of mathematics is no exception.


This course offers postgraduate students an opportunity to explore current issues in mathematics education and how these issues relate to inclusion in today's diverse classrooms. Prevention and intervention of learning difficulties in mathematics in the classroom is a major focus. Effectively teaching students with long term mathematics learning disabilities will also be examined in this course.


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 successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of current issues and theories in mathematics education and inclusion (Assignment 1)
  2. demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of effective pedagogy in terms of meeting the mathematical learning needs of students in the inclusive classroom (Assignments 1 and 2)
  3. develop an inclusive mathematical program aimed at prevention of mathematical difficulties (Assignment 2)
  4. demonstrate competence in written language and scholarly writing including correct spelling, grammar and bibliographic referencing (Assignments 1 and 2)
  5. detail effective instructional interventions for students with mathematics learning disabilities (Assignment 2).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Current Issues in diversity and inclusion; mathematics education 20.00
2. Addressing common mathematical difficulties in the inclusive classroom 20.00
3. Assessment 10.00
4. Implementing a mathematics program – including differentiation of mathematics instruction and working with others 30.00
5. Instructional interventions for students with mathematics learning disabilities. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 27 Mar 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 05 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 marks.

  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 weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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

  2. To complete Assignments 1 and 2 it is highly recommended to have access to a mainstream classroom or a group of students who demonstrate difficulties in mathematics in mainstream classrooms for at least 3 months.

Other requirements

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