Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah Hopkins


This unit is only offered to cohorts.
This unit examines the processes for working with numeracy and mathematics teachers to support them in their work. This includes communication processes, effective leadership skills, characteristics of successful leaders, strategies for leading improvement and characteristics of staff motivation, the role of emotions, resources management, and effective facilitation of meetings. It also examines the nature of numeracy, the ways that it relates to mathematics and to the curriculum broadly, the ways of incorporating numeracy into the curriculum, and its connection to international, national, and school based assessment.
Students will also demonstrate knowledge and understanding of recent research and/or professional developments; engage and interact with leaders of numeracy learning from other schools; and access and use effectively, relevant library and other information services.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. examine strategies for effective leadership of mathematics and numeracy teachers
  2. explore issues associated with management of departments and groups, including managing budgets and resources
  3. critique research and commentary on numeracy, its relationship to mathematics and its role within all other curriculum areas
  4. review approaches to numeracy across the curriculum
  5. develop an appropriate strategy for promoting effective numeracy teaching among teachers.


Analytical report (4000 words equivalent, 50%)
Developmental project (4000 words equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours:

  • attendance at multiple teaching sessions

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week