The aim of the unit is to prepare students to becoming successful primary science teachers by broadening their scientific and pedagogical knowledge. 
In doing so, the unit emphasizes enhancement of students' scientific literacy, as well as developing skills and knowledge in teaching primary science confidently. 
Throughout the unit students will be provided with many opportunities to develop their understanding regarding core scientific ideas, the practices that scientists use in creating knowledge about the world, and appreciation of the role of science in everyday life. Students will become acquainted with primary science educational models and resources, and some underpinning science education theories. By participating in hands-on and minds-on teaching pedagogies, students will learn how to apply their acquired knowledge, to teaching primary science in effective and engaging ways.

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EEC1101 - Personal and Professional Learning

AND successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education students. This unit is only for Education students undertaking the courses EBED, ABED and HBED.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to apply the 5E model in primary science teaching;  
  2. Develop skills and knowledge required for planning and conducting a scientific investigation  
  3. Critically analyse science curricula and lesson plans in relation to theories  
  4. Work collaboratively in developing professional capabilities  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Microteaching (in pairs). 30%
Report Inquiry based lab report (individual). 30%
Assignment Case and commentary 40%

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Teaching Primary science constructively 6th ed.
Skamp, K.R. & Preston, C. (Ed.) ( 2017).
Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia

Primary connections. Among the Gum Trees. Year 4 Biological Sciences
Australian Academy of Science (2015).
Canberra: Australian Academy of Science

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