Thinking with Young Children: Science, Maths and Technology

    Unit code: ECE3006 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Online Real Time
    Online Self-Paced
    St Albans


    Preservice teachers will build their knowledge of how science, maths and technology is articulated in early childhood centres as a means for young children to express themselves as human beings. As part of the unit, students will engage with the languages of maths, science & technology in developing an understanding of the structures of each of these languages and how these languages can inspire multi-disciplinary experiences for young children to make meaning of their worlds. Preservice teachers will investigate each of these concepts using what they know about engaging with place and the entangled stories they encounter. They will also use knowledge of early childhood research to help them understand how these languages operate in early childhood settings. By viewing the child as capable, this unit will inspire us to look beyond the traditional notions of these disciplinary areas.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Articulate the language of maths, science, and technology in general and in the context of early childhood.
    2. Integrate the language of maths, science, and technology to build rich, multidisciplinary experiences in early childhood settings.
    3. Contextualise math, science, and technology in relationship to the changing nature of education in an evolving local and global context.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Creative Works
    Grade: 30%
    Create a short digital presentation, using place to describe one of the languages (maths, science, technology)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 35%
    Analyse current research and readings on maths, science, and technology in early childhood settings and create an infographic poster.
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 35%
    Integrating languages of maths, science, technology, create early childhood experiences.

    Required reading

    Links to required texts will be available via VU Collaborate.

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