Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Singapore Term 1 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jill Cheeseman (Peninsula)


This unit focuses on the range of ways young children encounter and use symbol systems from exploring their diverse everyday worlds. It introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding and critiquing the processes of how children learn about symbolic representation and communication from infancy through to the early years of school. Students will critically engage with current research, practice and policy in literacy and numeracy in multiple contexts. They will begin to develop pedagogical tools that will enable them to successfully support children's learning in literacy and numeracy.


By the conclusion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of key curriculum principles relating to literacy and numeracy for young children.
  2. Understand the connections between home and community literacies and numeracies with teaching and learning in other learning contexts.
  3. Reflect on their personal professional learning during professional placement and implement teaching and learning strategies based on their learning; and
  4. Implement classroom strategies that link mathematics to practical applications, particularly in relation to measurement and space.
  5. Understand the importance of inclusive practices in relation to the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy.




Assessment task 1: Critique (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Research paper(2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Jill Cheeseman

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.