This unit is designed to provide an introduction to pre-school and primary mathematics education by discussing and investigating current directions in mathematics education. The unit will introduce theories of learning mathematics and effective teaching and learning in the contexts of Number, Measurement and Space.
Emphasis will be placed on an approach to learning and teaching mathematics that is respectful of each child’s background and culture. The role of manipulatives, technology, language and mental processes in children’s developing concepts, understandings and skills will also be a focus, alongside the role of assessment interviews in identifying children’s current mathematical understanding. The use of this information to inform teaching, and develop positive attitudes to mathematics will be studied.