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The online unit, Children as Mathematical Learners, is provided by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University and critically examines the mathematics curriculum in Australia in comparison to other countries' proficiency strands.
Students will gain knowledge of the number and algebra strand, and explore how children best learn these particular areas. Other topics include early number knowledge, number sense and counting to place value. Students of this unit will also gain insight into numeration, number patterns and relationships, decimals and percentages, operations, algebraic thinking and fractions.
Children as Mathematical Learners will also enable students to explore different ways that youngsters strategically use mental, written or electronic calculations to answer questions. The unit puts the concept of sense making at the forefront of its agenda when teaching mathematics to children.
Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this unit you will learn:
Following successful completion of the Children as Mathematical Learners undergraduate unit, students will gain a deep understanding of the number and algebra strand of the Australian mathematics curriculum.
Students will be equipped with the knowledge to use appropriate teaching strategies to help children learn these aspects of the national curriculum. Students who complete this unit will also be able to obtain a clear understanding of a child's knowledge of mathematics, while developing and applying assessment strategies to gain this knowledge. The unit enables students to appraise different approaches used to plan for learning mathematics and the development of numeracy skills. With the knowledge gained from this unit, students will be able to teach children the techniques to learn mathematics, but should also be able to offer strategies to ensure they are ready to sit examinations.
Since this unit is suitable for those who are already enrolled on the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course it makes for ideal grounding for anyone who is hoping to qualify as a primary school teacher. In particular, students will be equipped to teach mathematical skills and techniques to children of all primary ages and abilities. With further training, students who successfully qualify may then go on to teach mathematics to children at a higher level and age.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).Find out more about government study loans here.
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