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ESM210 - Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

(For students enrolled in course E359 only)

Unit chair:W Widjaja
Campus contact:

C Vale (Burwood (Melbourne))

TBA (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

S Herbert (Warrnambool)


SIT106 and students must pass at least 5 units at first year before progressing to second year level from 2012.



Incompatible with: EME228, EME497
Contact hours: 3 to 4 hours of contact 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%)

Prescribed texts

Reys, R., Lindquist, M.M., Lambdin, D.V., Smith, N.L., Rogers, A., Falle, J., Frid, S. & Bennett, S. (2012) (1st Australian edn) Helping children learn mathematics. Milton, Qld: John Wiley and Sons

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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