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EDF5464 - Chemistry education A

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr D Corrigan (Clay)


Clayton First semester (Open Learning) 2007 (Open Learning)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit is an introduction to the relationships between learning and teaching in chemistry. Teaching strategies and contexts for use in chemistry classes in Years 7 to 12 will be explored. Methods for assessing and monitoring student learning in chemistry will be introduced. The relationship between science, technology and society will be a focus. Students studying on-campus will participate in a camp in March.


The broad aims of this unit are to realise and justify the importance of teaching Chemistry in the secondary school curriculum; to demonstrate an awareness of issues associated with the study of Chemistry. These issues include the relationship between science, technology and society; real world chemistry; the barriers raised by traditional science and chemistry curricula.


Assignment 1: Student learning (3000 words): 75%
Assignment 2: Learning Log (1000 words):25%
Student participation in the unit is vital and an 80% attendance requirement is required so students can fully participate in the workshops via attendance or on-line chat forum. A successful practicum is required.

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Bachelor of Science or Applied Science with a major study in chemistry, a minor study in chemistry or biochemistry is essential