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The World of Maths

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU10003

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit aims to familiarise students with mathematics in an educational context and beyond. Students will understand the difference between ‘mathematics’ and numeracy, and the implications of this on teaching and learning. Students will be introduced to the wonders that mathematics present in our everyday lives, and how these can be utilised in educational contexts. This unit will also briefly look at how children develop mathematical thinking. Students will consider what mathematics is and how it is learnt.


  • Mathematics vs numeracy
  • Mathematics vs numeracy in learning environments (are we preparing children with adequate numeracy skills)
  • The Golden Ratio, Tessellations, Spirographs, Origami
  • Thinking mathematically
  • Theory of children’s development related to maths
  • Maths as a real world subject
  • Overcoming maths anxiety
  • Becoming engaged and enthusiastic about mathematics and numeracy
  • Problem solving skills related to numeracy
  • The Origins of number and base 10 counting system
  • Counting, Number sense, one to one correspondence, subitizing, conservation
  • Numeracy, Mathematics and ICTs
  • Contemporary research into teaching and learning mathematics
  • Government policy and curriculum on literacy – links to EYLF and/or the VEYLDF and relevant National and/or State or
    Territory Curriculum

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