Courses & Units

Introduction to Primary and Early Childhood Science Education ESH150

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
Unit code ESH150
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Sharon Fraser

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? 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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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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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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Teaching Pattern

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%)

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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.

Booktopia textbook links

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