This second extension unit of study for student teachers doing double mathematics method aims to develop further knowledge of mathematics learning from Kindergarten to Year 12 and builds on student teachers' knowledge of the mathematics curriculum documents. The development of algebraic thinking and proportional reasoning in the primary school years and beyond will be explored. These two concepts provide a sound basis for learning across all of the stages of schooling and link closely to many other aspects of the mathematics curriculum. The processes required to work and think mathematically will be explored in detail including problem solving and reasoning. The types of problem solving and modelling tasks, which are most suitable for cooperative groups will be considered with opportunities to evaluate a range of tasks. Rich problem-solving tasks will be designed and evaluated for use in middle school classrooms. The rich tasks will be compared to textbook questions and the pedagogical differences between teaching using rich tasks and teaching from the textbook will be evaluated. Research comparing such approaches will be used to challenge the student teachers' beliefs about the teaching and learning of mathematics in secondary classrooms.
1x4-hrs/wk for 8 wks
3000wd portfolio of problems (50%) and 3000wd essay (50%)
96 credit points of study, including EDSE3046Co-requisites