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Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary (EDN351)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit aims to assist students in acquiring knowledge and skills which will facilitate early childhood and primary school children's active learning of mathematics. It focuses on understanding and knowing the mathematics that children need to learn, how children learn that mathematics and how best to teach it. The content will address the key elements of the early childhood and primary school Mathematics curriculum: number and algebra; measurement and geometry; statistics and probability.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the mathematics described within the Western Australian Curriculum: Mathematics
2. Locate and understand the content and the proficiency strands of the Western Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and be able to use the online resource to assist your teaching
3. Know some of the common misconceptions that children may hold about certain mathematical ideas
4. Diagnose children's learning.
5. Be able to plan and implement a series of learning experiences around a key concept or a big idea that enable children to construct the knowledge, understandings and skills that you intend them to learn
6. Draft a year-long program
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences A constructivist approach to learning guides this unit. The unit is structured around understanding the mathematics that early childhood and primary children need to learn, how to diagnose student learning and understand what we mean by explicit and focused teaching. The workshop activities for both internal and external students are practical and based on the work of the teacher.
Other Learning Experiences Your first assignment requires you to work with an individual child from year one to six. You will need to seek out a child with whom you can work over a period of time and as such you will need parent consent. A completed parent consent form (located at the end of the Unit Information document) will need to be submitted with your assignment. You may use your own or a friend or a relative's child.
Assessment Students will be assessed on the following:
1. A report of a diagnostic interview, planning for learning, implementing and reflecting on learning experiences. (40%)
2. Planning a year-long program. (20%)
3. Written Examination. (40%)
Prerequisites Successful completion of BED100 Ideas in Education; BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work; EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching; EDN114 Thinking Mathematically and EDN2104 Professional Experience: English in Practice.
Exclusions Students cannot undertake this unit for credit if they have successfully completed EDN333/EDN3331 Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools or EDU285/EDU2851 Primary Curriculum III (Mathematics).
Previously 2016: 'Teaching Mathematics in Primary Schools'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education) (BEd Primary 1-10 HPE)
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Minors Mathematics and Numeracy Education
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Ms Felicity Baker
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Ms Felicity Baker
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e: felicity.baker@murdoch.edu.au
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