Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Term 3 2014 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jennifer Rennie


This unit focuses on the range of ways young children encounter and use symbol systems from exploring their diverse everyday worlds. It introduces conceptual frameworks for understanding and critiquing the processes of how children learn about symbolic representation and communication from infancy through to the early years of school. Students will critically engage with current research, practice and policy in literacy and numeracy in multiple contexts. They will begin to develop pedagogical tools to enable them to successfully support children's learning in literacy and numeracy.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of key curriculum principles relating to literacy and numeracy for young children
  2. understand the connections between home and community literacies and numeracies with teaching and learning in other learning contexts
  3. reflect on their personal professional learning during professional placement and implement teaching and learning strategies based on their learning
  4. implement classroom strategies that link mathematics to practical applications, particularly in relation to measurement and space
  5. understand the importance of inclusive practices in relation to the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy.


Scenario task: analysis of teaching and learning of everyday events in literacy and numeracy content (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Formal setting: formal assessment of the literacy and numeracy teaching and learning of a child (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 9 hours of independent study per week