Early Childhood Education focusing on Mathematics and Technology
12 credits cr.
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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.
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Information from the department - courses
Welcome to study with us at the Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Please note that our courses with English as the language of instruction are offered for three different groups of students:
- exchange students
- students from the program in Early Childhood Education
- students who applied for the course via www.universityadmissions.se or www.antagning.se
Please make sure to read the instructions that are relevant for your student group.
Information for exchange students
In December you will get an email with more information about the course(s) that you have chosen at the Department of Child and Youth Studies. If you have chosen courses at other departments as well, these departments will contact you with more information regarding their course(s).
When you arrive in Stockholm you will need to activate your university account and order the university card.
If you study from your home country due to covid-19 there is also an option for distance students. If this is applicable please email the course administrator and you will get a code to activate the university account before the course start.
Exchange students will be registered for their courses by the department and do not need to register online.
For students from the program in Early Childhood Education studying the english version of the third semester
In December you will get an email with more information about the English version of the third semester of the program in Early Childhood Education.
The courses are:
- UB313F - Early Childhood Education focusing on Science and Education for Sustainability,
- UB34VY - VFU III and
- UB314F - Early Childhood Education focusing on Mathematics and Technology.
Please register according to the deadline and instructions in the email. In the email you will also find more information regarding the prerequisites for the courses.
Information for students who applied for the course through university admissions or antagning.se
First notification of selection results: December 10th you will get admission results from university admissions (antagning.se). To keep your offered place you need to reply yes via university admissions at the latest December 16th.
Second notification of selections results: December 21st you will get the second admissions results from university admissions (no reply required).
After the second notification of selection results from university admissions the department will send you a welcome letter to the e-mail address that you have used for university admissions.
Please take time to read the information in the email for specific information regarding your course.
The most important general information is summarized below.
Mandatory online registration for the course
In order to keep your offered place for the course you need to register online during the registration period 4-11 January. If you do not register in time, you will lose your place.
Please follow the instructions below:
Activate your university account
In order to register you need to have a university account. From December 28th you can activate your university account
Register online during the registration period 4-11 January.
- Go to www.student.ladok.se
- Log in using your university account.
- Go to the tab/headline current education.
- Under upcoming you will see the courses you can register for. Click the button Register for the course you want to register for.
- Approve the registration by clicking "Register me".
If you have any trouble with registration please email the course administrator before the end of the registration period for help with the registration. You can find contact information for the course administrator below.
Students on the waiting list
If you are placed on the waiting list after the first notification of selection results, you must reply yes to your place on the waiting list on university admissions at the latest December 16th. Please note that being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a place for the course.
If you are placed on the waiting list after the second notification of selection results or after sending in a late application you only need to reply yes to the department if you are offered a place.
If there are places left for a course after the registration period the course administrator will contact students on the waiting list. Students on the waiting list may be contacted until the course starts.
If we can offer you a place for the course you will be contacted by email. We will use the email address that you have used on university admissions. In the email you will be given a deadline for when you need to reply yes in order to keep the offered place.
If you are on the waiting list please make sure to check your email account regularly.
For students that have been conditionally admitted.
If your status is “conditionally admitted” on the notification of selection results from University Admissions, please read the information through the link below.
Eligibility and instructions for what you need to do to change your status from “conditionally admitted” to “admitted”
Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department.
Find your way on campus
Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.
For new international students
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.
Information about adapted teaching forms due to Covid-19
Please note that the teaching forms for this course will be adapted due to the situation with the corona virus. Read more here:
How to prepare your participation in online based education
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.
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.
The Study Guide for the course will be published at the latest one month prior to the course start.
Study Guide the spring semester 2021 (to be updated at the latest one month prior to the course start)
Forms of examination
- The course module Basic mathematics and technology in preschool is examined on the basis of participation in workshops (grading G = Pass U= Fail).
- The course module Teaching mathematics in the everyday life in preschool is examined on the basis of an oral and written group examination (grading G = Pass U= Fail).
- The course module Mathematics, learning theories and theories of knowledge is examined on the basis of participation in examining seminars (grading G = Pass U= Fail) and an individual paper (grading G = Pass U= Fail).
- The course module Mathematics - explorative work and teaching is examined on the basis of and Individual paper (grading A-F).
In order to pass the course, students must at least receive grade E or G on all examinations, complete all assignments as per the course description and complete all obligatory attendance.
For more information about the examinations please see the study guide for the relevant semester.
Next opportunity for re-examination
The next opportunity for re-examination is March 22nd 17.00.
The assignment is handed in via the course page in Athena in the re-examination folder under resources.
Students that were enrolled before the autumn semester 2020 need to email the course administrator at the latest March 12th to sign up. This is necessary in order to get access to the Athena page.
Autumn semester 2020 and spring semester 2021: Emilie Moberg
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department 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 is preliminary until one month prior to the course start.
- Spring semester 2021 April 14th until June 4th
- Schedule spring semester 2021 Please note that the schedule is preliminary until one month prior to the course start.
- Autumn semester 2020 November 15th until January 14th
- Schedule autumn semester 2021 (to be updated at the latest on month prior to the course start)
Course literatureNote 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.
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.
How to apply
It is important that you docucment your eligibility and language proficiency in your application. You can find more information at universityadmissions.se:
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: www.universityadmissions.se
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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).
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: