Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:February, 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)
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorDr Caroline Cohrssen
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.
This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops. Professional practice placements require 100% attendance.
The Britannica Pathways Science; an online resource accessible though the University library.
Clements, D. & Sarama, J (2014). Learning and teaching early math: The math trajectories approach. New York: Routledge
Collection of readings.
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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