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This unit will focus on conceptual development and pedagogical content knowledge for teaching children fundamental aspects of literacy, mathematics and science. A range of play-based strategies for supporting the development of viewing, reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills will be investigated. Mathematics topics include teaching children to think about mathematical concepts and processes, and planning for teaching. Science topics will include teaching of science, influence of families' everyday experiences, promoting science in play-based contexts, natural and built environments, and sustainability. Students will have opportunities to apply their current knowledge, skills, and understandings in a professional experience placement.

Summary 2020

Unit name Literacy, Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood
Unit code ESM781
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Teaching staff

Greg Ashman

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Term 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 2 27/4/2020 18/5/2020 2/6/2020 3/7/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 070101

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online with weekly lectures, readings and activities


AT1: Critiquing play and inquiry-based pedagogies (45%); AT2: Planning and implementing an integrated science inquiry (55%)

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