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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to early mathematics curriculum i.e. Early Years Learning Framework, First Steps web based resources
    • Theory of learning, play based pedagogies
    • Language development in mathematics
    • Number & Algebra; pattern development
    • Spatial awareness and shape in Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Probability and statistics
    • Risk taking and problem solving; challenging children's thinking
    • Intentional teaching; integrating mathematical learning in daily life
    • ICT in learning and teaching mathematics
    • Working collaboratively with others including families to develop children's mathematical understanding
    • Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. incorporate collaborative practices to plan, observe and evaluate children’s learning related to mathematical language and concepts
  2. select content and resources, including multimedia, appropriate to children’s mathematical needs and ability
  3. establish challenging mathematical learning goals for children birth to four years
  4. analyse appropriate resources to develop mathematical understanding of children age birth to two years.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation (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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is designed to develop an understanding of mathematics in daily life for children aged birth to four years. There is a focus on the ways young children develop early mathematical concepts in a variety of learning contexts including home, community, early education, care and school settings. The subject will develop educator knowledge of mathematical content that facilitates the assessment of children’s understanding.

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