Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Term 2 2015 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jill Robbins


This unit engages students with current research 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 is examined from a number of theoretical perspectives, and students are supported to think about teaching and learning from a sociocultural perspective. Attention is paid to some of the everyday concepts children develop and to the scientific concepts they are 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 and 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
  5. begin to develop skill in observing and analysing children's learning in science and technology, and consider the teaching implications of these observations and analyses.


Folio of observations (1600 words, 40%)
Written report (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)