Mathematics for the Early Years - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (50%) , Report (50%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

The focus of this unit is on making connections between what young children know about mathematics, what children need to know and the role of the educator in developing children’s mathematical understanding. This includes identification of children’s knowledge and developing and using assessment and intervention strategies. The unit is an introduction to social constructivist learning of mathematics and social cultural theory of learning and their application to early childhood learning environments. The unit develops educator knowledge of mathematics content areas; number, algebra, geometry, measurement and statistics and probability. There is a strong emphasis on integrating mathematics into everyday teaching.

This unit can be completed as an Elective for Bachelor of Education (Primary Education).

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the role of the educator in developing children's mathematical understanding
  2. analyse documents and policies and relate findings to the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts and language
  3. apply knowledge of mathematics content areas; number and algebra, geometry and measurement, statistics and probability
  4. develop and apply diagnostic assessment strategies to assess children's knowledge of mathematical concepts
  5. plan a set of mathematical learning sequence plans
  6. demonstrate increased personal numeracy skills and understanding of the content areas of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.
  • Case Study (50%)
  • Report (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDE303 Numeracy (4 - 8 years) as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Understanding children's understandings of mathematics & managing the learning environment
2Thinking mathematically & assessments
3Planning, teaching and assessing for mathematics
4Exploring patterns: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
5Statistics and probability: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
6Geometry: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources Race, ethnicity and diversity
7Measurement: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
8Number concepts and place value: teaching strategies, assessments and resources
9Number sense and calculator usage: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
10Early fraction knowledge: teaching strategies, assessments and resources
11Planning for diverse abilities and needs in mathematics
12Planning an integrated program with mathematics
13Connecting planning, resources, and mathematical understandings

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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