Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Ann Osman


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5127).


This unit builds on EDF5127 Chemistry education in the secondary years A in preparing students to teach chemistry in secondary schools and colleges both as a specialist unit in senior years (Years 11 and 12) and within the junior science curriculum (Years 7 to 10). Pre-service teachers continue to build an understanding of the importance of developing and applying an effective pedagogy for teaching chemistry through the use of critical reflection. The application of evidence-based teaching approaches that better facilitate student conceptual understanding of chemistry content learning is a focus of the evaluation of curriculum design and implementation. Students trial a wide variety of effective teaching strategies including the use of information and communication technology (ICT) skills and techniques essential for establishing a productive and engaging secondary science classroom.

The unit highlights the importance of setting personal and professional goals, engaging with relevant research and actively accessing professional learning programs that contribute to the ongoing improvement of one's professional classroom practice. The principles of and methods for assessing and monitoring student learning in chemistry are explored further. The relationship between science, technology and society, the cultural context for chemistry, the nature of chemistry as a discipline, the values that underpin chemistry and the relevance of chemistry to students' lives are recurrent themes explored through readings, class group work, discussion forums and assignments.


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

  1. apply appropriate chemistry content for Years 7 to 12 that takes into account the intelligibility, plausibility and fruitfulness of this content
  2. use appropriate contexts for the teaching of chemistry content that accounts for the experiences and social and cultural backgrounds of their clientele
  3. evaluate and select teaching strategies and support resources (human and material) appropriate for teaching chemistry
  4. synthesise and apply a coherent range of teaching procedures that foster motivation and purposeful, independent learning in their students
  5. critically understand the principles of curriculum design, the content of current curriculum and the pedagogy of chemistry
  6. develop an evolving philosophy for what chemistry teaching means
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between science, technology and society and the cultural context for chemistry that is visible in their teaching
  8. demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of the barriers raised by traditional science and chemistry curricula
  9. value the practice of real-world chemistry
  10. develop as professionals that are knowledgeable, skilful, flexible and compassionate in their practice and who are guided by a sense of social and ethical responsibility.


Chemistry education portfolio (2000 words, 50%)
Chemistry curriculum research project (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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