Teaching Primary Science

Unit code: EEC2103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
EEC1108 - Literacy Across the Continuum 1; and
EEC1111 - Personal and Professional Learning for Teaching
Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)** for students enrolled in EBED and EBPE only.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 emphasises 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.

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


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Inquiry based simulation
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 50%
Case and commentary

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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