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ECE764 - Young Children's Mathematics

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 2014 Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:B Doig



Must be enrolled in course E760.

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour weekly seminar


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit develops students' understanding of how mathematics relates to all aspects of children’s lives through the exploration of research literature and the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. The work of Early Years theorists will be examined (for example, Montessori, Vygotskii, Steiner).

Effective early childhood teaching approaches, that provide insights into mathematical capabilities and difficulties will be explored, including the use of Treasure Baskets.

Particular foci are young children’s development of concepts and skills in the critical areas of mathematical development: counting, number sense, ordinality, measurement, spatial relationships, and early mathematical thinking and language.

Students will participate in practical work and work in professional settings to enable them to create engaging and effective mathematical learning environments for all children in prior-to-school settings.


There are two pieces of assessment for this unit.

The first piece of assessment, Weekly Issues, consists of a collection of short tasks or reflective commentaries on issues related to the focus of the tutorials. These will be conducted individually or in pairs. These tasks are worth up to 40% of the total marks for this unit. (Approx. 2000 words).

The second piece of assessment comprises the preparation and presentation of, with a fellow student (a Pair), or with two partners (a Pod), a presentation on some aspect of mathematics in an Early Childhood context. This will be presented to your tutorial group. This task is worth up to 60% of the total marks for this unit. (Approx. 3000 words).


A Good Start to Numeracy, which is available from:

And from the Deakin University library:

Hughes, A. (2010). Developing play for the under 3s (2nd Ed).Routledge, London.

Hughes, A. (2009). Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Routledge, London.


Montessori mathematics resources

Sample Treasure Basket

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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