|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 :||29 May 2022|
In recent years there has been a global recognition that children encounter mathematics long before formal schooling. 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, as well as Primary preservice teachers, therefore need to ensure their ongoing learning of mathematical vocabularies, knowledge and skills in order to provide learning environments, experiences and strategies that facilitate children’s mathematical thinking and numeracy development. This course will support preservice teachers to analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to construct engaging, challenging and innovative curriculum experiences that facilitate deep conceptual understanding for learners.
The course focuses on developing deeper understanding in all strands of the Australian Mathematics Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework, underpinned by a clear understanding of relevant subject-matter knowledge and current theories of learning and evidence-based teaching practice. Preservice teachers will gain an awareness of the place of mathematics within the Early Years Learning Framework, at home and within the wider community, and will be supported to develop effective pedagogical strategies to build on this mathematics in the primary school context. 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. At the completion of this course, preservice teachers should have a deep understanding of how children learn mathematics and be able to draw on this understanding and curriculum documentation to identify critical progression points for mathematical learning and teaching.