Encouraging independent learning by increasing literacy in VCE Further Mathematics


Noting that many students did not understand what a VCE Further Maths question was asking, it was decided to work with the students’ literacy and other soft skills in Unit 1 with the intention to improve independence, confidence and motivation in maths as they progressed through VCE. Students were encouraged to perform analyses of questions to determine the skills involved and then if any given question required a one stage, two stage or multi stage approach. Supplementary literacy techniques (such as compare and contrast) were also used for key concepts. Students worked with text and VCE past exam papers and created a taxonomy of questions. As a result, students choose which questions they need to complete to consolidate a specific skill or technique.

This presentation is a tour through our journey into working on literacy in a VCE Mathematics classroom and participants are invited to share their experience of this.

Deborah Murrell
Rod Williams

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
H-18 07/12/2018 12:10 pm 01:10 pm La Trobe University OPTION FULL
I-9 07/12/2018 02:30 pm 03:30 pm La Trobe University OPTION FULL


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