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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.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of how children construct mathematical and scientific knowledge;
- Demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge for developing mathematical and scientific understanding in children;
- Interpret observations of children in terms of research findings about mathematical and scientific development;
- Design experiences to develop mathematical and scientific understanding;
- Design experiences to help children explore how simple technological objects work and are used in their everyday lives;
- Assess children’s mathematical and scientific understanding;
- Respond to individual differences.
On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
- Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of change;
- Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
- Use research evidence to continue to underpin and improve their practice in mathematics and science exploration with young children.
- Have a conscious personal and social values base.
Last updated: 3 November 2022