Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Term 2 2012 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)TBA (Peninsula, on-campus); Dr Iris Duhn (Term 2 - Cohorts)


Through engaging with current research literature students will begin to understand how young children, in a variety of cultural contexts, develop their understandings and skills in science and technology. The teaching of science and technology will be examined from a number of theoretical perspectives, and students will be supported in moving towards thinking about teaching and learning from a sociocultural perspective. Attention will be paid to some of the everyday concepts children develop and to the scientific concepts that they will be introduced to in institutional settings, and how these can be combined in meaningful and relevant ways.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. develop knowledge an understanding of how young children develop scientific and technological understandings, skills, and attitudes;
  2. engage with current research about teaching and learning in science and technology;
  3. critique a range of pedagogical approaches that support children's learning in science and technology;
  4. recognise a range of world views in science and technology, and
  5. begin to develop skill in observing and analyzing children's learning in science and technology, and consider teaching implications of these observations and analyses.


Assessment task 1: Folio of observations (2,000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2 Written report (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sivanes Phillipson

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.