EDMA163 Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy

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directed study, including readings, collaboration with others, and reflections on your mathematics learning. Note that reflection is a key element of all three components of your Folio.

Due date:

- Readings: 1 for each module (LEO online discussion forum)

- Problem solutions and critical reflection: Monday 1st May 2023 by 11:55pm

Weighting: 40% Length and/or format:

The folio will consist of:

  • reading discussion contributions for each module,
  • fully worked and annotated problems,
  • critical reflection on personal mathematics learning. (Equivalent to 1200 words)

Purpose: The purpose of this assessment task is for students to reflect on their mathematics learning through weekly readings and problem-solving tasks undertaken throughout the unit, and to demonstrate the development of efficient and effective problem-solving strategies. This provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical content, the use of appropriate technology in problem solving, and of how mathematics is a powerful thinking tool in making sense of the world.

Learning outcomes assessed: LO 1, 2, 3 and 4

How to submit: Module reading component is submitted via forums for each Module on LEO. The Problem solving tasks and reflection are submitted via a Turn it In link on LEO. Here you will need to create a document with 4 of your problem-solving tasks — these can be scanned copy of handwritten worked solutions and a critical reflection of your experience with the readings and tasks.

Return of assignment: Reading component: will be monitored throughout the semester with occasional feedback (either specific or general) Marked rubrics and written feedback (tasks and reflection) will be returned within three weeks post-submission date.

Assessment criteria: Please see Appendix 2 for marking rubric with Assessment 2 criteria

Component 1: Module Readings

During this unit, you are required to read and reflect on the assigned readings (usually three to four readings per module). Some readings are from education professional journals, others from education research journals. You are expected to engage with and reflected on the readings.

Each module will have a discussion Forum on LEO for you to discuss what you have learnt from these readings.

EDMA163 Exploring Mathematics and Numeracy is about your learning of mathematics, not your learning about teaching mathematics, so even though the readings may have teaching components that you may like to reflect on in your own personal notes, the discussions you post on LEO should be about your learning and/or understanding of the key mathematical ideas presented in each reading. You may discuss what you learnt, especially as related to the set weekly content and tasks and/or what you found particularly interesting, or you may want to pose a question that arose from the reading, or reply to someone else's

of the Semester. Please read and consider any comments made by your tutor to assist with future submissions.

  1. Re-reading selected portions of the readings and reflecting on your ideas and the contributions of others in the Discussion Forums about the mathematics involved will further deepen your understanding.

Component 2: Problem Solutions

Throughout the semester you will be completing mathematics tasks from weekly task sheets. All problems need to be attempted, and you need to ensure you will be able to solve similar or related problems independently in the future, as will be the situation during the examination. It is important you demonstrate progress throughout the semester.

You will be assessed on both submitted work and engagement in weekly tasks and collaborations throughout the unit. For the submitted part of this component of your folio you will present full written and annotated solutions to four problems (ensure you select four problems from different modules or content areas) from these task sheets (you will be given a choice of problems to choose from). You will both solve the problems and explain and justify your problem-solving process and mathematical thinking and reasoning (NB. much of the focus of this unit is learning how to do this).

You need to convince the "audience" that your solution is correct, or at least reasonable. You can demonstrate this by including evidence of:

  1. Your interpretation of the problem (including any assumptions you may have made);
  2. Where you chose to start, and why;
  • Which strategy you adopted to get started, and why (e.g., drew a diagram, acted it out, used concrete materials, etc);
  1. Your mathematical reasoning throughout the solution process (e.g., did your initial strategy work, or did you need to change direction? how did you know to what to do next? etc.);
  2. Any difficulties you encountered, and how you overcame these (e.g., collaboration with others, looked up similar problems online, etc.).
  3. You may also discuss how you explored the mathematics further, for further clarification and/or for further extension of your own mathematical knowledge and understanding.

You will need to upload a scanned copy of your handwritten and annotated worked solutions to LEO by 1st May 2023.

  1. Even though not all problems from the weekly task sheets will be submitted for assessment, evidence of regular engagement with these tasks, including active collaboration with others as needed, will affect the assessment of your work.

Component 3: Critical Reflection of mathematics learning (500 words)

The assessed critical reflection component of your folio will be alfieTson-51, critical reflection of your own mathematics learning, i.e., what you discovered and/or learnt about mathematics, and your own mathematical understanding, from engaging in the unit (including these Whole Class Tasks, lecture content, readings, weekly task sheets, peer discussions and any further self-directed learning):

  • what you have learnt about mathematics and your own mathematical understandings, and
  • what you have learnt about the importance of your own understanding of mathematics for meaningful engagement in society, especially in your future workplace as an Early-Childhood, teacher.

Make links to lecture content, prescribed readings, peer collaborations and/or any further reading, where appropriate, to support your reflection.

The reflection is to be Word processed, typed in Times New Roman 12pt or Calibri 11pt, with at least 1.5 line spacing (this makes the assignment easier to read, and written feedback easier to insert). APA referencing is to be observed for both in-text citations and the reference list. Correct referencing is an extremely important part of academic writing (for academic honesty purposes); contact either the library or Academic Skills for help with this if necessary.

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