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EDF4501 - Early childhood mathematics, science and technology

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr J Robbins (Peninsula); Dr J Robbins (Singapore)


Peninsula First semester 2009 (Day)
Peninsula Term 2 2009 (Off-campus block of classes)


Internationally, early childhood education has moved from framing teaching and learning from a developmental perspective to utilising sociocultural theory. In line with this recent theoretical shift, this unit examines how learning in science, technology and mathematics can be introduced to children following a socio-cultural approach


The broad aims of this unit are for you to demonstrate evidence of:

  • developing knowledge and understanding of how young children develop mathematical, scientific and technological understandings, abilities and attitudes;
  • analysing the construction and reproduction of knowledge in mathematics, science and technology and make judgments on the implications of this for young children's learning in these areas;
  • implementing a socio-cultural framework to observe, assess, and document maths, science and technology experiences in an early childhood setting, and
  • confidently be able to assess, plan, prepare and implement appropriate experiences in these areas across a range of early childhood settings following a socio-cultural perspective.


Research paper: 50% (2000 words)
Socio-cultural analysis of early childhood science, technology and mathematics: 50% (equivalent to 2000 words)

Contact hours

Equivalent of 3 hours

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