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ECM1100 Early Mathematical Thinking

Short Description: Early Mathematical Thinking
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070101 - Teacher Education: Early Child
Grading basis : Graded


Enrolment is not permitted in ECM1100 if EDX3280 has been previously completed.

Other Requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.


This course provides an introduction to cognitive, socio-cultural and multi-modal theories of mathematical thinking in children in the early years. The course introduces pre-service educators to research concerning the pre-verbal development of non-numerical schemas and representation in infants and young children, and to current thinking about the everyday contexts, experiences and interactions through which mathematical constructs are formed. Mathematical learning in home environments will be considered, as will pedagogic approaches that value, build upon and extend the mathematical knowledges and skills that children bring with them to early years' settings. Synergies and continuities of the Early Years Learning Framework and Australia Curriculum will be explored. The course will highlight forms of play-based and intentional learning experiences that encourage children's development and exploration of mathematical concepts, reasoning and problem solving.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2021 Online
Semester 3, 2021 Online
Date printed 11 February 2022