Launceston, Cradle Coast
The unit will explore the theoretical basis considered best practice in science teaching and aims to develop pedagogical content knowledge required for planning and delivering authentic science learning experiences for early childhood and primary education students. The unit is presented in two modules.
Module one allows students the opportunity to investigate the Australian Curriculum Science and the Early Years Learning Framework as determined by specialisation requirements. In addition, module one allows students to identify and explore useful teacher and student resources as they develop pedagogical content knowledge and required curriculum content. Module two examines science specific pedagogy and the application of teaching strategies to plan for and
deliver a science inquiry based lesson to an individual or small group. A focus will be on theoretical approaches to science teaching, lesson planning and the collection of evidence of student learning. Both modules offer students the opportunity to reflect on their conceptual development.
The content will be studied through interactive learning processes including discussion, experimentation, skill development and collaboration both in the face-to-face and online formats.
The practical and reflective nature of this unit has, based upon previous student feedback, provided students with a deeper understanding of interpreting the Australian Curriculum Science and the Early Years Learning Framework. It has allowed students to gain confidence in teaching science in the classroom both in their Professional Experience school placements and as enter the classroom as beginning teachers.
|Unit name||Introduction to Primary and Early Childhood Science Education|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Launceston||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 2||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|1||2020: $835.00||2020: $2,108.00||070101|
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Weekly online learning materials, 1 x 2 hr Tutorial (13 weeks) Or
Online: Weekly online learning materials, readings and activities
AT 1: Effective science teaching pedagogy: Reflection (7.5%)
AT 2: Effective science teaching pedagogy: Short response quiz (7.5%)
AT 3: Investigating the science curriculum and student conceptions (40%)
AT 4: Plan, conduct and reflect on a science inquiry based lesson (45%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Skamp, K. & Preston, C. (Eds.) (2015). Teaching primary science constructively (5th ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning.
Perrin, R. (2015). Pocket guide to APA style (5th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning
Early Childhood specialisation:
Johnson, J. (2014). Emergent Science-teaching science from birth to 8. Oxon, UK: Routledge.
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