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Grade 7-9 Students as Mathematics Learners EMT627


Minimum enrolment number of 12 applies to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the on-line offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


Each of EMT625 and EMT627 is the second of a pair of units that present the theory, methods and practice of teaching high school mathematics and numeracy, with EMT625 focussing on the 7-12 curriculum and EMT627 focussing on Grades 7-9. These units generally will be taken after completing the appropriate pre-requisite unit EMT525 Teaching the Grade 7-12 Mathematics Curriculum or EMT527 Teaching the Grade 7-9 Mathematics Curriculum.
EMT625 and EMT627 focus on the learning of mathematics in secondary school classrooms, particularly Years 7 to 12 for EMT625 and Years 7 to 9 for EMT627, and will build students’ pedagogical content knowledge for teaching mathematics in a productive way. This unit develops an appreciation of how students in the secondary years form mathematical concepts, and how teaching can foster effective learning. It will consider issues associated with understanding mathematics and developing mathematical thinking, which includes an examination of incomplete and misconceived understanding. In addition, the units will investigate ways to incorporate reasoning and problem-solving in the mathematics classroom. The importance of visualisation for many students and the continued need for concrete experiences through the high school years is covered. The use of technology in relation to issues of understanding, reasoning, and problem solving is considered. The unit will also address the design and evaluation of assessment approaches at the junior and senior secondary levels.


Unit name Grade 7-9 Students as Mathematics Learners
Unit code EMT627
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Associate Professor Helen Chick
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • explain what it means to teach for different kinds of understanding, and to foster higher order thinking in students, and to use appropriate strategies that reflect this understanding when conducting teaching and learning experiences.
  • describe current curriculum content and contemporary teaching practices in high school mathematics education, especially in relation to reasoning and problem solving.
  • demonstrate the ability to plan, develop, and analyse mathematical assessment experiences that incorporate appropriate assessment principles.
  • use contemporary research in mathematics education to inform teaching practice.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
070105 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,213.00

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