ECUR302 Mathematics in The Early Years

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For this assessment task you will need to construct a report that examines contemporary approaches to mathematics in the context of learning provision and pedagogical practice in early childhood contexts.

Ensure your report addresses the following:

Part A: Reflection and critique of your mathematical beliefs and values

  • Critically reflect on your own memories of being a mathematical What beliefs, attitudes and emotions do you have about mathematics. What experiences have you had? How do you remember learning?
  • Identify and discuss how these beliefs, attitudes, and emotions may impact your becoming an early childhood mathematics teacher.

Note: In this section of the report, you can use the pronoun 'I'

Part B: Early childhood mathematics and numeracy education

  • Define and describe the following in relation to early childhood contexts:
  • Mathematics
  • Numeracy
  • Discuss the historical and contemporary approaches to mathematics education in early childhood
  • Outline the mathematical competence of young children

Part C: Theoretical foundations and development of mathematics thinking and concepts

Provide an overview of the following theoretical approaches and discuss their significance to the development of mathematics in young children.

  • Behaviourism
  • Nativism
  • Constructivism
  • Socio-cultural theory
  • Constructionism

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