Science in Primary Education

    Unit code: ETP5007 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Victoria University Online


    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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Examination
    Grade: 20%
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    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 35%
    Microteaching and microteaching report
    Assessment type: Review
    Grade: 45%
    Summative assessment of science education concepts and pedagogies

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