Photo: Eva Dalin
Photo: Eva Dalin

Children's matemathical activities and exploration

This course provides an introduction to the field of mathematics. It covers both children’s and the students ‘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. In the course, mathematics is treated as a language and studied using practical-aesthetic and multimodal forms of expression. The course will 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.

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.

Student groups

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.

Forms of teaching in the course

Instruction is given in the form of seminars, lectures, workshops/laboratory work, individual assignments and group assignments, as well as via the university’s virtual learning environment.

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

Study pace: Full time studies, 100% study pace.

The course is offered the following periods 

The course is offered spring and autumn semesters.

  • Spring semester 2020: April 6th until June 5th
  • Autumn semester 2020: November 16th until January 17th

Prerequisites and special admittance requirements

60 higher education credits in teacher education, social sciences, natural sciences and/or the humanities (or equivalent). English B/English 6 (Swedish upper secondary school course) or equivalent.

How to apply

Dates for application

  • For spring semester 2020: application period is September 16 - October 15
  • For the autumn semester 2020: application period is March 16 until April 15


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Exchange student?

Please note that exchange students apply according to a separate routine.
More information for exhange students

International freemover students

International students apply by

In the application it is important that you document your eligibility and language proficiency for the course. You can find more information here:

Documenting eligibility (information in English)

Documenting English proficiency (information in English)

Application - a step-by-step guide

Combine courses to study a full semester

Please note that it is possible to combine the following 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.

UB313F Early Childhood Education Focusing on Science and Education for Sustainability 12 credits (ECTS)

UB308F Early Childhood Education: Explorative Learning, 6 credits (ECTS)

UB314F Early Childhood Education Focusing on Mathematics and Technology 12 credits (ECTS)

Practical information about the course


Spring 2020

  • Schedule
  • Please note! Regarding schedule for the course: Look at the detailed plans in the study platform Athena (see Plans – “Lectures, seminars and workshops”) for an updated and detailed schedule.

Autumn 2020

Course information is available in the course catalogue please see more information here.

Directions and Maps

Please note that the lectures/seminars will take place at several different areas of the Stockholm University campus as well as at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Please take the time to check directions before the lectures:

Department of Child and Youth Studies:

In most cases you have lectures at the Department of Child and Youth Studies please find directions here.

Department of Mathematics and Science Education:

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

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education:

One seminar will take place in the building called “Stallet” located at Frescati backe, Svante Arrhenius väg 19F. See directions here.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology:

You will have two lectures in Studio C which is located in the library building (KTHB) at the address Osquars backe 31 (Google map).

Enter the library building (with glass façade) and hold left immediately,  pass by the café and then go up to the first floor.

The closest subway station is: "Tekniska högskolan" red line - see more info about public transportation here:

Contact information

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:

Karin Hultman (course examiner) 

Course administrator: Malin Håkansson, e-mail:

Additional information

Guidelines for groupwork whitin courses at BUV

Stockholm University Library offers self-study courses on-line in English on how to look for articles and literature and advice for writing an essay.

Academic writing service. The Academic Writing Service provides writing support to all students who write their course work, e.g. essays, reports, research papers, theses etc. in English. All services are free of charge for students at Stockholm University.

More information about studying at Stockholm University

Orientation Day for International students

Handbook for students