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18Jan

Assessment 3 Maths Resources Folio

Assessment 3: Maths resources folioAssessment 3 Maths Resources Folio

Assessment overview

The purpose of this folio assessment is to produce a collection of information, resources and reflections. Creating the folio will help you develop your skills in developing opportunities for numeracy and mathematics related experiences in play and everyday experiences, as well as to demonstrate your understanding of the meanings of maths and numeracy.

This task is assessing your ability to demonstrate that you meet the criteria for the following unit learning outcomes:

  1. Define and describe the similarities and differences between mathematics and numeracy.
  2. Recognise numeracy skills used in the real world.
  1. Recognise and develop opportunities for numeracy and mathematics related experiences in play, and everyday experiences in early childhood settings.
  2. Describe the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children.
  3. Describe how the Australian curriculum for maths encourages understanding in mathematics and numeracy for children.
  4. Use ICT to develop children’s engagement with numeracy and mathematics.

Assessment details

By gathering information into a folio, you are demonstrating an ability to identify, evaluate and transmit ideas about effective, engaging and encouraging mathematical experiences for children.

Your folio must include the following sections:

Part 1: Introduction (400 words)

The introduction to your folio should frame the purpose of the collection of resources that follows. In particular, it must:

  • define both mathematics and numeracy
  • describe the similarities and the differences between these concepts
  • provide examples to illustrate these similarities and differences.

Part 2: Collection of resources (2100 words)

This section of the folio requires you to collect a series of resources related to the topics in Weeks 7-11, based on the following directions:

Theme Item
Week 7:  Maths in the real world Choose one example of maths in the real world and locate some resources for children which can bring this theme alive. Remember to specify the age range of children you will be catering for and explain what your example is.
Week 8: Maths and Early Childhood
(Including information from Week 3 and Week 4 for the justification)

For this piece of folio evidence you are to include two examples:

  • One example of a planned play experience.
  • One incidental everyday experience that enables children in Early Childhood contexts to develop as young mathematicians.

You must make reference to supportive resources and curricula documentation.

Week 9: Maths and Primary School
(Including information from Week 3 and Week 4 for the justification)

For this piece of folio evidence you are to include one example of a learning experience that enables children in primary school contexts to develop as mathematicians. You must make reference to supportive resources and curricula documentation.

Week 10: Maths and the learning environment

For this piece of evidence you are to include one example of a stimulating maths learning environment for children. You are to analyse the environment and state the advantages and disadvantages of the design and consider the supportive content from week 10 within your writing.

Week 11:New modalities and maths (ICT)

You are to include one piece of evidence of how ICT can be used within an Early Childhood context which does not inhibit play behaviour and demonstrate how you can create an engaging activity using ICT.

Within this section, you are required to to track your reasons for including specific evidence through adding a reflective dialogue. Your folio should not just be a collection of resources and if academic underpinning is not evident you will not pass this assessment.

  • You will submit six items (containing your evidence as detailed in the table above).
  • Your folio is to be submitted as a Word document.
  • Each item should be clearly labelled with:
    • Theme/title: the name and description.
    • Evidence: evidence of the resource such as a URL (if from an external source), filename or screen shot and a brief description of the resource (approx. 50 words).
    • Rationale: a brief description of how the resource enhances children’s mathematical and numeracy thinking and skills, discussing benefits and limitations (approx. 100 words).
    • Application: Discuss how the resource could be used in professional practice (approx. 200 words).
  • Ensure that you make links to academic literature and curricula documentation to support your statements.

Note: the word limit of 2500 (+/-10%) applies to your written information in the folio. It does not include any further resources that you include with your submission.

Additional resources

Use the following Assessment 3 template to complete your folio.

Submission details

This assessment will be submitted via Turnitin. More detailed information is available in the Assessment 3 folder in Blackboard.

Assessment criteria

  1. Selection of evidence to match each theme.
  2. Development of and discussion about numeracy and mathematics related experiences in play, and everyday events for children.
  3. Understanding of the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children.
  4. Personal and professional reflection and evaluation.
  5. Appropriate writing conventions, including APA referencing, punctuation, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, word choice (academic and information literacy).

Your work will be assessed using the following marking guide:

Grade Descriptor
Pass (50-59%)

All aspects of the task have been completed (seven items of evidence included in the folio), and the requirements of all criteria have been met at a satisfactory level.

  • The folio introduction provides a basic definition of the meanings of maths and numeracy and the similarities and differences between these concepts.
  • Your folio shows a satisfactory understanding of how numeracy skills are prevalent in the world around us through the items you have selected to include and the brief description of what the items are.
  • Each item of evidence has a descriptive rationale which discusses how each resource can be related to experiences in play and everyday events for children.
  • The rationale indicates some understanding of the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children.
  • A plausible attempt has been made to discuss the application of each item, demonstrating a basic ability to support ideas with academic literature and move beyond personal opinion.
  • You have adhered to relevant conventions of English and have maintained an appropriate degree of structure and formality. Your folio is proofread so that most typographical and spelling errors are eliminated, and any errors that are present do not detract substantially from the communication of ideas.
  • While there are some errors in your APA referencing, you do provide evidence to support your ideas, although this evidence may be drawn from a limited range of sources.
Credit (60-69%)

To be awarded a Credit, you must fulfil all of the requirements of the P level, but with more sophistication.

  • The folio introduction provides a clear and concise definition of the meanings of maths and numeracy and the similarities and differences between these concepts, effectively supported by relevant examples.
  • Your folio shows a comprehensive understanding of how numeracy skills are everywhere through the items you have selected to include and the succinct description of what the items are.
  • Each item of evidence has a descriptive and comprehensive rationale which discusses how each resource can be related to experiences in play and everyday events for children.
  • The rationale indicates consistent understanding of the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children.
  • The discussion of application identifies relevant points in terms of links to professional practice.
  • Your writing is concise, and word choice is deliberate. You communicate meaning effectively and efficiently, without superfluous words, phrase and sentences.
  • Apart from minor issues in text and/ or in the reference list, you adhere to APA referencing conventions and use evidence from an appropriate range of sources.
Distinction (70-79%)

To be awarded a Distinction; you must fulfil all of the requirements of the C level, but with a higher degree of insight into the topic, and competence in written communication.

  • The folio introduction provides a detailed and sophisticated definition of the meanings of maths and numeracy and the similarities and differences between these concepts. The use of examples demonstrates critical engagement with both of these concepts.
  • Your folio demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of how numeracy skills are everywhere through the items you have selected to include and the focused description of what the items are.
  • Each item of evidence has a synthesised and carefully integrated (quotes/ paraphrasing/ supporting evidence) rationale which discusses how each resource can be related to experiences in play and everyday events for children.
  • The rationale indicates consistent and comprehensive understanding of the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children with clear links to academic literature and curricula documentation.
  • The discussion of application identifies meaningful points and offers implications for professional practice.
  • You draw on evidence for a wide range of appropriate sources, and all statements are supported as required. APA conventions are accurate and successfully integrated.
  • Effective language use is a feature of the folio. Errors in spelling, punctuation and grammatical construction have been addressed through careful proofreading. You write with sensitivity for your audience and consider the impact of your choices in terms of language and tone.
High Distinction (80-100%)

To be awarded a HD; you must fulfil all of the requirements of the D level, and show higher levels of sophistication and insight.

  • Your folio demonstrates a detailed and insightful understanding of how numeracy skills are everywhere through the items you have selected to include and the clear and comprehensive description of what the items are.
  • Each item of evidence has a synthesised and carefully integrated (quotes/ paraphrasing/ supporting evidence) rationale which discusses how each resource can be related to experiences in play and everyday events for children.
  • The rationale indicates fluent understanding of the nature and development of mathematical thinking and numeracy processes in children with sophisticated links to academic literature and curricula documentation.
  • Evidence of sophisticated and insightful connections to and professional practice.
  • Across all sections, your writing is concise and logical, with richly integrated ideas that convey meaning and purpose.
  • Your use of literature across all sections of the folio demonstrates familiarity with the current field of research and your statements are consistently supported with relevant and recent references. Flawless use of APA referencing style is evident and there are no significant errors in spelling, grammar or punctuation.

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