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ED2093 - Early Childhood Mathematics and Numeracy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Core subject for BEd (ECE)[30010B or 36110 or 109210]. External offering available only to students enrolled in the BEd (Early Childhood Education)

The subject examines current national and state curriculum frameworks and policies and develops preservice teachers with the necessary knowledge and competencies to effectively and equitably teach mathematics and numeracy to young children from diverse backgrounds [from birth to 8 years]. Upon completion of this subject, preservice teachers will develop mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge, an appreciation of ICT tools to facilitate and showcase learning and competencies to effectively embed positive dispositions towards numeracy to young children in 21st-century classrooms. Preservice teachers will develop and demonstrate an understanding of a range of pedagogies and assessment practices that are informed by research and support contemporary approaches to young children's learning, especially the use of differentiated instruction. This subject includes 25 days of professional experience.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate various teaching methods, materials and media as they relate to young children's learning as stipulated in relevant state and national frameworks and policies;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the content and characteristics of developmentally appropriate and socially just mathematics curricula for young children [from birth to 8 years] using the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics and reference to The National Numeracy Learning Progression;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the learning processes used by young children of different socio-cultural backgrounds in learning mathematics and numeracy;
  • explore ways of creating a learning environment for effective learning and teaching of mathematics and embed positive dispositions towards numeracy for young children demonstrating the application of Australian Curriculum general capabilities: numeracy across the curriculum;
  • construct, articulate and apply a personal philosophy regarding the teaching and learning of mathematics and numeracy for young children.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination - In class - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Action plan - (30%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Lesson plan 1 - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

The completion of the required consecutive 25 days of Professional Experience and submission of a Satisfactory grading - Minimum of Developing Adequately in all descriptors on the Professional Experience Report is a requirement to pass this subject.

It is expected that from ED1492, students will be familiar with the mathematical concepts explored each week, and that they have sufficient experience in critical analysis of readings and ideas that they can construct a well-supported argument
Prerequisites: 6 credit points of level 1 ED subjects including ED1492
ED2011 ED2091 ED2193


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 1 hours - Professional Experience Briefing
  • 25 days professional Experience

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:
  • 40 hours - Online Engagement includes 1 hr Professional Experience Briefing
  • 25 days professional Experience
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 05-Aug-2021
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 25 days professional Experience

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.