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EDCR331 Advanced Mathematics and Statistics

Explores practical implementation of the primary mathematics and statistics curriculum, using final year placements as contexts. Requires students to link practice and theory while building on their mathematical content knowledge.

Paper title Advanced Mathematics and Statistics
Paper code EDCR331
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (On campus)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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EDCR 231
EDUP 302, EDUP 304
Limited to
Primary Education and Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education) students only.

Dr Bilinda Offen (

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Bilinda Offen (Mathematics - Dunedin)
Other staff: To be confirmed

Paper Structure
Individualising the mathematics programme
  • Development band
  • Underachievement
  • Following interests
  • Grouping
  • Computer assisted teaching
Long-term plans
  • Key mathematical ideas related to Curriculum strands
  • Topic, theme, cross-curriculum
  • Maintenance
  • Creating a mathematics learning environment
The reflective teacher of Mathematics
  • Methodologies for reflecting on practice
  • Monitoring progress
  • Profiles
  • Reporting
  • Issues
  • Numeracy Interviews
  • Critical appraisal of assessment tools and strategies
  • Principles of assessment
  • Assessment resource banks (web)
  • Using NEMP findings
Mathematics Teaching Philosophy
  • The importance of mathematics
  • Needs of learners
  • Classroom implications
  • Mathematics through a cultural lens
Curriculum related issues
  • International perspectives on mathematics learning and teaching
  • School interpretation and adaptation of curriculum to meet community needs
Transition to the teaching profession
  • Establishing programmes in Mathematics
  • Communicating with parents
Life-long learners
  • Critically evaluate national and international research, trends and teaching practice

Mathematics Compulsory Text (purchase before classes start):

  • Jorgensen, R. & Dole, S. (2011). Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools 2nd Edition. Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Cultural understanding, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to

  1. Design, plan and critically evaluate inclusive programmes in Mathematics that cater for the identified needs of all children (including those who have English as an additional language) and linking where appropriate to aspects of te reo me ōna tikanga Māori
  2. Select, justify and make effective use of a range of appropriate diagnostic, formative and summative assessment strategies
  3. Adapt, use and evaluate a range of teaching approaches and resources to support learning in mathematics contexts
  4. Articulate a philosophy of teaching and learning based on curriculum statements, learning theory, relevant research, practicum experiences and personal belief
  5. Demonstrate reflective teaching in mathematics
  6. Critically examine the efficacy of the New Zealand Curriculum in Mathematics in relation to international educational trends and research
  7. Display a high level of personal and professional literacy, numeracy and ICT proficiency

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
E1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 16-20, 28-31


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
E1 Thursday 08:00-09:50 9-14, 16-20, 28-31
E2 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 16-20, 28-31
E3 Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-14, 16-20, 28-31

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-14:20 28-32
Tuesday 13:30-14:50 9-14, 16-21
Thursday 09:00-10:20 9-14, 16-21