Beginning Mathematical Processes, delivered online by Griffith University and Open Universities Australia, aims to extend your prior knowledge about the ways young children learn, with a focus on mathematical work in early years.
You will not only learn how young children rely on beginning mathematical processes in each strand of the mathematics curriculum, you will also learn to track and analyse young students' use of their mathematical knowledge. This will enable you to guide students towards a self-reflective understanding of their own knowledge and application of mathematical processes.
This unit will also cover material that will show you best practices for critical reflection in the documentation of your own teaching and learning approaches. This will be demonstrated both in the context of classroom evidence and in building supportive relationships and environments between yourself, students and their parents and carers.
You will be required to submit a persuasive essay which rationalises beginning mathematical processes as being fundamental in the development of mathematicians from an early age. Assessment for this online unit will be split, with 60% based on written assignments and 40% based on a project in which you design, implement and critically analyse an authentic mathematical assessment.
Anyone can apply, although you must ensure that you have not completed a previous version of this unit, or one that is considered academically equivalent.
Areas of study
In this Beginning Mathematical Processes unit, the topics you will study include:
Processes for all children learning mathematics in the early years
Beginning mathematical processes: a language for communicating
Beginning mathematical processes: problem solving and reasoning
Beginning mathematical processes: visualising, representing and reflecting
Beginning mathematical processes: matching
Beginning mathematical processes: comparing and ordering/sequencing
Beginning mathematical processes: sorting and classifying
Beginning mathematical processes: patterning
Beginning mathematical processes: measuring and estimating
Beginning mathematical processes: counting
This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but content may be relevant to a number of courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit is designed for those who wish to enhance their ability to teach mathematics in a primary education setting, as well as gain a strong and well-rounded skill set with which to approach teaching mathematics to young children in a professional environment. The unit will provide you with experience in teaching beginning mathematical processes from conceptualising assessment material to critically appraising mathematical assessments.
On successful completion of the persuasive essay portion of this online unit, you will also be able to articulate the importance of beginning mathematical processes in the development of young mathematical minds.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Beginning Mathematical Processes from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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