Subject details

  • Topics
    • Understanding children's understandings of mathematics & managing the learning environment
    • Thinking mathematically & assessments
    • Planning, teaching and assessing for mathematics
    • Exploring patterns: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
    • Statistics and probability: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
    • Geometry: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources Race, ethnicity and diversity
    • Measurement: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
    • Number concepts and place value: teaching strategies including technology, assessments and resources
    • Number sense and calculator usage: teaching strategies, including technology, assessments and resources
    • Early fraction knowledge: teaching strategies, assessments and resources
    • Planning for diverse abilities and needs in mathematics
    • Planning an integrated program with mathematics
    • Connecting planning, resources, and mathematical understandings
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Case Study (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

The focus of this subject 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 subject is an introduction to social constructivist learning of mathematics and social cultural theory of learning and their application to early childhood learning environments. The subject 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.

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