EDMA660 Mathematics (Including ICT) in the Early Years of Schooling
This unit explores strategies for supporting children’s developing competencies in numeracy and affirms children’s natural interest in mathematics and technology and dispositions to use mathematics to make sense of their worlds. Reference will be made to current research, and state and national curriculum documents. Students will be expected to use authentic experiences as the basis for planning a curriculum and teaching strategies, including the use of ICTs, that strengthen children’s problem solving and reasoning processes as well as representing, communicating and connecting mathematical ideas in prior to school and school settings. Children's successful participation in mathematical contexts pivots on the effectiveness of the practitioner’s pedagogical practice, understandings of how children learn, and knowledge and understanding of mathematics. This subject focuses on developing an understanding of the pedagogical practices which inform the teaching and learning of mathematics in educational contexts, in particular, a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and processes required to support learners in the early primary years of schooling. Contemporary pedagogical issues and the monitoring, planning for and assessment of mathematical development will also be examined including the participation rights of children, with emphasis given to Australian Indigenous children, children with disabilities and children experiencing marginalisation.