Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours |
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Admission to the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Early Years)
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
CoordinatorDr Caroline Cohrssen
Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)
The focus of this subject is how to develop children’s awareness of science and mathematics concepts in the world around them. Topics are centred on children’s everyday lives and the natural world, and draw on research on children’s learning. This subject refines and extends, as appropriate, teacher candidates’ content knowledge and understanding in science and mathematics, and introduces pedagogical knowledge for these two domains. This subject also explores the place of Science and Mathematics in an integrated curriculum and the use of ICT to support learning in science and mathematics. Science and Mathematics will be looked at in the context of the needs, interests and abilities of children from infants to eight years old, including an overview of the science standards in the Australian Curriculum (AusVELS) Foundation to Level Two.
Topics in the science domain include living things and their diversity and properties of water, air, magnetism, light and sound. There will be a strong focus on sustainability and the environment and this strand will be integrated throughout the program. Toys and objects familiar to young children will be used to introduce appropriate aspects of technology. Topics for the mathematics domain will focus on the mathematics encountered by young children prior to school. In particular, they will focus on: the development of number concepts including counting; the early ideas of measurement attributes, space and location; and the development of mathematical language appropriate for young children.
Teacher candidates will design, implement, review and refine sequences of experiences for mathematics and science.
On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:
To pass the subject Teacher Candidates need to pass all 3 assessment tasks and, in addition, Teacher Candidates need to pass both the Science and the Mathematics components of the course.
There are three assessment tasks:
Hurdle requirements: six science-related hurdle tasks in the practicum setting. Each task must be satisfactorily completed.
Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject. 100% attendance is mandatory in all practicum subjects.
Clements, D. & Sarama, J (2009). Learning and teaching early math: The math trajectories approach. New York: Routledge
Collection of readings.
Aitken, J., Hunt, J, Roy, E,Sajfar, B. (2012). A Sense of Wonder. Science Education in Early Childhood Education. Albert Park Australia: Teaching Solutions.
Knaus, M. (2013). Maths is all around you: Developing mathematical concepts in the early years. Albert Park, AUS: Teaching Solutions.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) |
Master of Teaching (Early Years)
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