ESM211 - Children and Mathematics: Developing Mathematical Concepts


2020 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



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 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.

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