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Early Childhood Education focusing on Mathematics and Technology

  • 12 credits

This course provides an introduction to the field of mathematics. It covers both children’s and the student´s own relationship to mathematics, as well as mathematical learning theories related to gender. The course considers children’s mathematical activities and exploration in their daily lives.

Children constructing a tower with small blocks and plates.
Photo: Mostphotos/dgr.

In the course, mathematics is treated as a language and studied using practical-aesthetic and multimodal forms of expression. The course also give an introduction to technology.

The use of pedagogical documentation is extended as a tool to monitor and challenge learning processes, as well as to reflect on the students’ own pedagogical actions. The course content is consistently discussed in relation to the task of a preschool teacher and the objectives of the curriculum:

  • the importance of play for children’s use of mathematics;
  • how children create meaning from the study of signs and symbols;
  • various practical-aesthetic approaches that stimulate mathematics;
  • stimulate and challenge children's interest in technology;
  • listening and conversation as didactic tools.

The course is offered for international exchange students, students from the Program in Early Childhood Education as well as students who have applied for the course as a free standing (single subject) course.

  • Course structure

    Study pace: Full time studies, 100%.


    Course module: Basic mathematics and technology in preschool (1 credit)

    The module aims for the student to, through course literature and through their own exploration in workshops, learn how children’s play and exploration of signs, symbols, and other expressions carry meaning for mathematical and technical learning.

    Course module: Teaching mathematics in the everyday life in preschool (2 credits)

    The module aims for the student to acquire knowledge of practical and aesthetic learning processes; to show knowledge of elementary mathematical learning; and to use practical aesthetic forms of expression and play in the planning of activities that stimulate mathematical learning.

    Course module: Mathematics, learning theories and theories of knowledge (2 credits)

    The module aims for the student to be able to describe, compare, and relate different theories to mathematical learning and to relate them to the preschool’s policy documents.

    Course module: Mathematics - explorative work and teaching (7 credits)

    The module aims for the student to acquire knowledge of the basics of the mathematical concepts of space, form, position, and direction; the basic properties of quantities, amounts, orders, and number concepts, as well as the basics of measurement, time and change; to provide knowledge on how to use pedagogical documentation as a tool to monitor mathematical learning processes; how to reflect on one’s own relationship to mathematics and to reflect on mathematical learning theories related to gender.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of seminars, lectures, workshops/laboratory work, individual assignments and group assignments, as well via the learning and collaboration platform Athena.

    Specified teaching sessions are mandatory. Absence must be compensated for as described in the study guide.

    Study Guide

    The Study Guide for the course will be published at the latest one month prior to the course start.


    Examinations autumn semester 2020

    To be updated.

    Next opportunity for re-examination

    The next opportunity for re-examination is August 10th 2020.

    The assignment is handed in via the course page in Athena in the re-examination folder under resources.

    Students that were enrolled before the spring semester 2020 need to email the course administrator at the latest July 1st to sign up. This is necessary in order to get access to the Athena page.



    Autumn semester 2020: Emilie Moberg

  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    The course is offered spring and autumn semesters.

    • Autumn semester 2020: November 16th until January 17th

            Schedule autumn semester 2020

    Please note that the schedule above is preliminary until one month prior to the course start.

    • Spring semester 2021:
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    The course literature will be published at the latest two months prior to the course start.

  • More information

    Combine courses to study a full semester

    Please note that it is possible to combine with the following two courses in order to study a full semester 30 credits (ECTS) focusing on science, technology, education for sustainable development, mathematics and explorative learning in the context of Early Childhood Education.

    Early Childhood Education Focusing on Science and Education for Sustainability, 12 credits (ECTS).

    Early Childhood Education: Explorative Learning, 6 credits (ECTS).

    How to apply

    Application - a Step by Step Guide

    It is important that you docucment your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information at

    Documenting eligibility

    Documenting English proficiency

    Exchange students

    Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine.

    International freemover students

    International students create an account and submit an online application via the central Swedish application site:

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    More information about studying at Stockholm University

    New student at Stockholm University

    Handbook for students

    Welcome activities for new students

    Academic writing service

    Stockholm University Library

    Directions and Maps

    Please note that the lectures/seminars will take place at several different areas of the Stockholm University campus. Please take the time to check directions before the lectures.

    In most cases you have lectures at the Department of Child and Youth Studies.
    See directions to the Department of Child and Youth Studies.

    You will also have a few lectures at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
    See directions to the Department of Mathematics and Science Education

    One seminar will take place in the building called “Stallet” located at Svante Arrhenius väg 19F (Google Maps).




  • Contact

    If you have questions regarding the content of the course please contact the teacher responsible for the course. If you have administrative questions regarding admissions, registration, registration of grades etc. please contact the course administrator.

    Teacher responsible for the course and course examiner:

    Emilie Moberg, e-mail:

    Course administrator: Malin Håkansson, e-mail: