ESM211 - Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course E359 Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Campus contact:

Carly Sawatzki (Burwood (Melbourne))

Jude Ocean (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

Sandra Herbert (Warrnambool)


ETP200 and SIT106 OR

ETP200 and SIT106*(Corequisite)


SIT106* (If not previously completed)

Incompatible with:

EME228, EME497, ESM210

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Professional Experience: Students will be required to complete a 10-day placement


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This is the first of three compulsory primary mathematics education units. The unit aims to promote pre-service teachers' understanding of how mathematics is learned and therefore taught in primary school settings. Students will learn the role that families and caregivers have in students’ mathematics learning and how to support this. Pre-service teachers will explore key mathematical concepts, mathematical language, multiple representations and flexible strategies, with a particular focus on number and measurement. They will learn to interact with primary school students and analyse student responses to a range of mathematical tasks to identify ongoing learning needs. Building on coursework and professional experiences, pre-service teachers will explore the use of manipulatives, calculators and other digital technologies in primary mathematics classrooms. They will also learn to evaluate published teaching and learning resources that can be used to guide planning and pedagogical decisions. Students will be introduced to the current Australian and Victorian curriculum documents. Research literature will also be referred to and used intensively.

Hurdle requirement

Satisfactory completion of a 10-day placement is required for this unit.

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