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EDU4160 Numeracy, Literacy and STEM in Early Childhood

Semester 3, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022

Overview

This course consolidates your skills and understanding in purposefully and creatively teaching numeracy, literacy and STEM. In recent years there has been global recognition of the importance of numeracy, literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with research reinforcing the importance of children’s early experiences to later academic success. You will investigate children’s development of numeracy, literacy and STEM, through a variety of approaches including play. Contemporary research and a range of inquiry-based strategies will be used in developing your teaching in early childhood contexts.

You will focus on conceptual development, pedagogical approaches and practices for supporting children's learning of numeracy, literacy and STEM concepts. Through numeracy, literacy and STEM children develop academically, engage with imaginative inquiry, solve complex problems. You will explore children's use these concepts in making sense of their world, connecting with their environment and engaging with everyday activities.

Course participants will undertake a 30-day professional experience in this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. discuss contemporary theories about numeracy, literacy, and STEM learning;
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of pedagogies and practices that support children’s numeracy, literacy and language and STEM development in safe and ethical ways across the full range of children’s strengths, characteristics and diverse language and learning needs in early learning contexts;
  3. plan play-based learning experiences encompassing numeracy, literacy and STEM learning that respond to children’s interests, abilities and needs;
  4. evaluate resources for their effectiveness in supporting numeracy, literacy and STEM learning and development;
  5. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing;
  6. demonstrate professionalism during preservice teacher placements through observation, practice and assessment of preservice teacher professional practice.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Contemporary knowledge about how children develop and learn numeracy and the implications for teaching 20.00
2. Contemporary knowledge about how children develop and learn literacy understandings and the implications for teaching 20.00
3. Contemporary knowledge about how children develop and learn STEM understandings and the implications for teaching 20.00
4. Pedagogies and practices that support children’s numeracy, literacy and language and STEM development 20.00
5. Resources for supporting numeracy, literacy and STEM learning 10.00
6. Play-based learning experiences encompassing numeracy, literacy and/or STEM 10.00
Date printed 30 June 2022