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ECM1100 Early Mathematical Thinking

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Enrolment is not permitted in ECM1100 if EDX3280 has been previously completed.


Children’s recognition and representation of numerical, spatial and temporal dimensions begin in infancy, and precede the development of more complex numerical concepts and mathematical reasoning in the early years of childhood. This mathematical learning occurs in multiple facets of everyday life, and is a strong predictor of children’s future educational success. Research, learning frameworks and curricula recognise the importance of early childhood experiences that foster children’s learning and consolidate mathematical ideas necessary for becoming numerate. Early childhood educators therefore need to ensure their ongoing learning of mathematical vocabularies, knowledge and skills in order to provide learning environments and experiences that facilitate children’s mathematical thinking and numeracy development.

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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 3, 2022 Online
Date printed 17 May 2022