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ECE302 - Children's Mathematical Development

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

To enrol in this unit, please contact Student Services team


Final year of offer 2016

Pipelining from 2014 - for continuing students only

*Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool offered in intensive mode

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:(For students enrolled in courses E420 and E421 only)
Unit chair:

Brian Doig



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies via Cloud (online) but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).


The content of this unit includes:

  • Theorists of early childhood learning of mathematics (including Montessori, Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky);
  • Research in early childhood: findings, and implications for practice;
  • Key mathematical development 0-8, including the early years curriculum;
  • Early childhood pedagogy and program planning: catering for differences in development and interests;
  • Inclusive practice: strategies and adaptations to enhance every child's learning;
  • Assessment and reporting: the role of observations, interviews, and formal assessments;
  • Relating mathematics to the child's world: engaging parental support, the place of themes;
  • Choosing and using resources, commercial and teacher-made; and
  • ICT skills for teachers, including the selection and use of software for, and with, pre-school children.


Three assessments: 40%, 30%, 30%

Task 1 requires the collection of responses made to five specified activities.  These will be due the week after the task date, and are submitted on-line.  The total for these responses is 40% (8 marks each).

Task 2 is a collection of activities suitable for creating effective early childhood learning environments, particularly for those children in the year before school. These activities will represent the students' learning of the material studied in this unit, and are expected to demonstrate the development of children's understanding of mathematics in an early childhood context. Note that students will need to gain access (about once a fortnight) to a few children aged 3-5 and to their parents occasionally. (30%)

Task 3 requires the creation and presentation of a group project that shows effective mathematics learning strategies appropriate for children in an early years setting. The presentation will be developed from the interactions with children and their families in Task 2. (30%)

Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.

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