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ECE113 - Young Children's Mathematical Development

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

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



Students must be enrolled in course E330

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students are also required to attend 3 x 3 hour intensives.


This unit supports students in building young children’s mathematical concepts and thinking by developing students own understanding of the concepts underpinning mathematics. It will explore teaching and assessment strategies for developing mathematical understanding in children from birth through the early childhood years. 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.

The content of this unit includes:

  • Why teach mathematics?
  • Theorists of early childhood learning of mathematics (including Montessori, Vygotsky);
  • Research in early childhood: findings, and implications for practice;
  • The Early Years Frameworks, Victorian and National and International teaching;
  • How children develop their mathematics from infancy
  • Promoting the key mathematical foundations for 0-8 and later success;
  • Play as a basis for learning mathematics;
  • Relating mathematics to the child’s world: engaging parental support;
  • Identifying and providing learning opportunities for children;
  • Inclusive practice; strategies and adaptations to enhance every child’s learning;
  • Assessment and reporting: the role of observations, interviews, and formal assessments; and
  • ICT skills for teachers, including the selection and use of software for, and with, pre-school children.


Task 1, 2000 words, 50%

Task 2, 2000 words, 50%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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