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ESM210 - Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student must be enrolled in course E359

Unit chair:

Wanty Widjaja

Campus contact:

Wanty Widjaja (Burwood (Melbourne))

Jun Li (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

Sandra Herbert (Warrnambool)





Incompatible with:

EME228, EME497, ESM211

Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


This unit is the first of three compulsory units in primary mathematics education. The unit aims to promote pre-service teachers' understanding of how children's mathematical concepts develop in two key areas - number and measurement. Pre-service teachers’ interaction with and analysis of children’s responses to mathematical tasks will be used as a stimulus for them to examine their own understandings of some of the key mathematical concepts, terminology, representations and procedures regarding number and measurement. Building on these experiences, pre-service teachers will explore the planning and teaching of learning activities to support children's further construction of these mathematical concepts and procedural fluency.


Students will be introduced to a range of teaching materials and resources along with effective ways of incorporating the use of a range of learning technologies. National and state trends in the development of numeracy standards will be examined. The current Australian curriculum documents and research based teaching and assessment frameworks will be referred to and used intensively.


Individual assignment on the analysis of children’s mathematical knowledge, 30%

Group assignment on teaching mathematics in the early years, 30%

One written examination, 40%

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