Learning Through Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Settings - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,986.00
HECS 793.00
International 2,236.00

This unit was previously known as ECEX827 Learning Through Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Settings.

This unit explores theories of learning in mathematics, science and technology for young children (birth to five years). Students will examine the specialist role of play and conceptual development in a range of early childhood settings. Current issues in research and practice will be investigated through independent study. Students acquire autonomy and expert knowledge of pedagogy and content for mathematics, science and technology as they design and evaluate learning experiences for young children.

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

  1. demonstrate specialist understanding of the major theoretical developments in early childhood mathematics, science and technology education
  2. interpret and apply research-based knowledge about the role of play in children's mathematics, science and technology learning
  3. demonstrate how children use play to represent their experiences, construct knowledge about, and make sense of their world
  4. critically evaluate and assess the use of mathematics, science and technology resources with young children
  5. engage in the multifaceted task of early childhood curriculum design with an emphasis on mathematics, science and technology
  6. use expert judgment when responding to problems/issues encountered in teaching about early childhood mathematics, science, and technology in early childhood settings
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ECEX827 — Learning Through Mathematics, Science and Technology in Early Childhood Settings

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.

  • Other special requirement — Access to a digital camera, or mobile phone or tablet with camera capability. Basic computer tools such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint.

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.

1Introduction to the unit
2Pre-schoolers CAN be mathematicians and do Chemistry planning for meaningful MST learning with young learners
3Mathematics: number: more than just counting. Numeracy: numeracy, not number!
4Mathematics: patterning: foundation of mathematics & data exploration
5Mathematics: measurement and early geometry
6Pedagogy, planning and practice: intentional teaching vs teachable moments
7ICT: historical concerns compared to current research of young children's learning with technology
8ICT: home and pre-school, early years, what does current practice look like?
9ICT: technological play and touch technologies
10Science: meaningful learning in earth science and environmental education
11Science: meaningful learning with space science and living things
12Science: meaningful learning in chemistry and physics
13Reflecting on learning

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Interactive Games
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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