Throughout this unit students are 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. They develop a personal and pedagogical awareness of the importance of science in their every-day life and become acquainted with primary science education theories, and teaching and learning models.. Students work collaboratively to develop their capacities, knowledge and skills in designing science education units, and learning plans that enable primary students to engage with science in the world around them. 

The unit emphasizes enhancement of students' scientific literacy, as well as developing skills and knowledge in teaching the primary science curriculum confidently.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ETP5007

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate conceptual understanding regarding the nature of science and scientific literacy.  
  2. Demonstrate developed content knowledge in the biological sciences, suitable for primary level.  
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply Inquiry based Learning and the 5E model in primary science teaching.  
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with key theories in science education and critically analyse their application in science teaching  
  5. Work collaboratively in developing professional capabilities.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Examine and evaluate science education literary sources 25%
Review Teach a lesson from Primary Connections 15%
Report Case and Commentary 60%
Students will demonstrate critical laboratory skills by submitting a hurdle lab report. All assessments, equivalent to 5000 words of written assessment in total, must be satisfactorily completed in order to complete the unit.

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