This unit aims to assist pre-service teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of children's numeracy and mathematical understandings and skills and an ability to plan effectively to fully develop children's learning of mathematics. The unit aims to link the learning and development of mathematics and numeracy in early childhood programs to the curriculum and teaching in primary schools.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the complex link between a child's life experiences, individual growth, family background and the development of mathematical understanding and skills;  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of numeracy and mathematics processes for primary school children;  
  3. Show how technology can be used to support and enhance young children's numeracy and mathematics development;  
  4. Apply principles how children learn to planning appropriate mathematics teaching, monitoring, recording and evaluation strategies for young mathematics learners, and consistent with AusVELS Mathematics Standards;  
  5. Develop experiences for small group work and whole class discussion in mathematics learning in which the role of active participation and social interaction with other students is demonstrated.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Critique of one high quality unit for teaching primary school mathematics (900 words) 30%
Report Workshop and report on teaching and learning mathematics (1200 words) 40%
Report Mathematical investigation and discussion (900 words) 30%
Total effective word limit 3000 words.

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