Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Wendy Goff (Berwick); Dr Karina Wilkie (Peninsula)


This unit develops students' understanding on the ways young children's mathematical thinking develops from a very early age. It introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding children's mathematical growth and explores experiences which give young children opportunities to learn mathematics from infancy through to the early years of school. The content addresses the transition from informal to formal mathematical concepts in young children. Students critically engage with current research, practice and policy in mathematics in multiple contexts. They begin to develop pedagogical tools that enable them to successfully support children's learning of mathematics.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of key curriculum principles and content relating to mathematics for young children
  2. understand the connections between home, preschool/school and community mathematics teaching and learning
  3. reflect on their personal professional learning in the field of mathematics
  4. develop 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 mathematics for diverse learners.


Observational analysis: an analytical study of a young child's mathematical thinking as evidenced in an everyday scenario (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Interview and report: mathematical understandings of two young children (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

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