Course Title: Exploring Numeracy and Maths in Early Childhood

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Exploring Numeracy and Maths in Early Childhood

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2542

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Julie Carmel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7804

Course Coordinator Email: julie.carmel@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.16


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course explores the theoretical perspectives and pedagogical strategies in the teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics from birth to 8. You will examine pedagogical approaches for how children build their mathematical foundations in numeracy and understanding on mathematical concepts and the underpinnings at different stages of early childhood. You will design a conducive environment that promotes integrated learning for children to develop numeracy and mathematical knowledge in early childhood settings. You will explore how children construct knowledge in numeracy, mathematics and problem solving skills through meaningful experiences in music, play, art, languages, manipulative and other hands-on experiential learning activities. A variety of pedagogical approaches to numeracy and mathematics will be examined to assist you to develop strategies that will support and develop children’s problem solving skills and to promote understanding of numeracy and mathematical concepts in children that will lead to higher thinking order.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss theories underpinning numeracy and mathematical concepts for children birth to 8
  • Develop models of mathematical approaches to facilitate and foster children’s learning of numeracy and mathematics in early childhood education
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on educational policy and practice in teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics in both local and international early childhood educational contexts.
  • Use creativity, critical thinking and innovation in providing conducive environment and activities for diverse groups of children to construct meaningful experiences in their learning of numeracy and mathematics
  • Identify a range of pedagogical approaches and strategies to promote children’s problem solving skills and understanding of mathematical concepts
  • Design integrated learning plans for the teaching and learning of numeracy and mathematics


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.
  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment