The learning in this unit focuses on enhancement of students' scientific literacy, as well as developing skills and knowledge required for teaching the primary science curriculum confidently. 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 pedagogical knowledge of 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.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critique conceptual understanding regarding the nature of science and scientific literacy.  
  2. Apply 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. Critically evaluate the application of key theories in science education to the teaching of science.  
  5. Work collaboratively in developing professional capabilities.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Review of the Science Learning Theory 30%
Report Inquiry-based Report 30%
Test Case and Commentary 40%
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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