Preservice teachers develop a personal and pedagogical awareness of the importance of science in their every-day life and their understanding of curriculum and science concepts. They develop their capacities, knowledge and skills to collaboratively design 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 primary science confidently. Students become acquainted with primary science education theories, and teaching and learning models.
Throughout the 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.

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. Develop primary science unit of work.  
  3. Demonstrate developed content knowledge in the biological sciences, suitable for primary level  
  4. Demonstrate familiarity with key primary science instructional models and pedagogies  
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply Inquiry based Learning and the 5E model in primary science curricular development  
  6. Critically analyse science education theories  
  7. Work collaboratively in developing professional capabilities.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Visit a science-related field site to evaluate the science-related resources, and justify how to integrate these resources in teaching. 30%
Review Develop a resource of science in every-day life. 20%
Assignment Design a primary science unit of work based on the 5E instructional model. 50%
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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