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 awareness that mathematical knowledge and skills are developmental, and that this knowledge influences the planning of units of work; (2) develop a rationale for teaching and learning early childhood mathematics which synthesises and critiques competing orientations and theoretical frameworks; (3) plan and evaluate student centred instructional sequences that incorporate appropriate teaching strategies and resources for early childhood mathematics for effective and engaging learning; (4) develop skills to evaluate, use and create resources for teaching and learning mathematics, including information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other educational technologies, taking into account the development and characteristics of children; (5) analyse and apply the appropriate mathematics curriculum for early childhood learners (Australian Curriculum: Mathematics in the Early Years Learning Framework); (6) demonstrate sound specialist content knowledge in relation to teaching mathematics to early childhood learners; (7) demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal, formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches; (8) develop an awareness of diverse student learning needs through the planning of differentiated resources; (9) communicate effectively and professionally (in writing, orally and non-verbally) with peers, University staff and other professionals; and (10) demonstrate an ability to analyse, synthesise and apply cognitive, creative and technical knowledge and skills in early childhood contexts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1: children's knowledge of number and (2) assignment 2: planning and programming document. 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 assignment 1: children's knowledge of number and assignment 2: planning and programming document 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)
Master of Teaching (Primary)
Contact hours
30 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.