|Short Description:||Early Mathematical Thinking|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||National Priority - Teaching|
|ASCED code :||070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||5 June 2020|
Enrolment is not permitted in ECM1100 if EDX3280 has been previously completed.
Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.
This course provides an introduction to cognitive, socio-cultural and multi-modal theories of mathematical thinking in children in the early years. The course introduces pre-service educators to research concerning the pre-verbal development of non-numerical schemas and representation in infants and young children, and to current thinking about the everyday contexts, experiences and interactions through which mathematical constructs are formed. Mathematical learning in home environments will be considered, as will pedagogic approaches that value, build upon and extend the mathematical knowledges and skills that children bring with them to early years' settings. Synergies and continuities of the Early Years Learning Framework and Australia Curriculum will be explored. The course will highlight forms of play-based and intentional learning experiences that encourage children's development and exploration of mathematical concepts, reasoning and problem solving.