Literacy and Mathematics in the Early Years
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In this paper, teaching will be blended - the lectures will be recorded and available in Moodle, all tutorials are to be attended in person (face-to-face tutorials). Classes will involve interactive sessions, and other coursework in Moodle, the Learning Management System used at the University of Waikato.
A number of texts, required readings and audio visual resources will be used to expand on the issues related to literacy and mathematics in the early years.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Observe children to explain how students learn language and become literate in oral, written and visual language and how teachers support learners in these processes;
Assess, analyse and reflect on the components of children's oral and written language in relation to course reading material and current research;
Identify the components of phonological awareness and how these enable children to encode and decode oral and written language;
Apply knowledge of the learner and a range of associated teaching strategies and approaches to plan, teach, and evaluate oral and written language use in ways that are sensitive to their cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
Demonstrate understanding of children’s literature and other resources through effective planning and teaching;
Evaluate young children’s mathematical thinking in relation to research literature;
Plan and provide meaningful learning experiences for children based on insights gained from Learning Outcomes 6 and 7 (outlined above);
Demonstrate conceptual understanding of relevant content knowledge and beginning pedagogical content knowledge in literacy and mathematics in terms of what it means to be an early childhood teacher.Linked to the following assessments:
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Assessment 1: Literacy in the early childhood setting (1500 words)||
6 Aug 2021
|2. Assessment 2: Analysing children's mathematical thinking (1800 words)||
21 Sep 2021
|3. Assessment 3: Reading a maths related story to a child (1800 words)||
15 Oct 2021
Required and Recommended Readings*
Required readings for each week are listed alongside the information about weekly sessions. They are also outlined in Moodle with accompanying questions to guide your reading. The Readings are available on the Reading List for the paper - there is a link to the Reading List on Moodle.
It is essential that students complete the readings before the tutorial.
Talking Together: Te Kōrerorero
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (journal available online)
Teaching Children Mathematics (journal available online)
The Reading Teacher (journal available online)
Ministry of Education. (2010). Effective pedagogy in Mathematics/Pangarau best evidence synthesis. Chapter 3 Early years mathematics education (pp. 24-49).
Linkages to Other Papers*
Restricted papers: TEMS120, TEAL120