EDUC5502 Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is delivered as a series of interactive workshops with an emphasis on developing students' mathematics content knowledge and pedagogy, and improving attitudes towards mathematics. Taking into account the development and characteristics of children, emphasis is placed on a range of teaching strategies that use concrete materials to engage children in mathematical learning, along with the use of storybooks (hard copy or electronic) to assist children to engage with, and make sense of, mathematics. Students become familiar with the three content strands (number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability) and the proficiency strands of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics. They also become familiar with the place of mathematics within the Early Years Learning Framework. Students begin to develop a resource file and professional library as a means of developing their own mathematics content knowledge.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how children in their early years learn Mathematics; (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the early Childhood Mathematics curriculum and a range of pedagogies to teach students with a range of learning needs; (3) articulate a theory of Mathematics learning and teaching, based on critical analysis of research literature relevant to early childhood education; (4) demonstrate an ability to plan early childhood instructional sequences in Mathematics for effective and engaging learning; (5) develop skills to use, create and evaluate early childhood Mathematics instructional resources for teaching and learning, including educational technologies; and (6) demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal, formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study and (2) planning task. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the case study and planning task components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christine Howitt
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Primary)
Contact hours
30 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.