6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Dr Jennifer Mansfield (Berwick)
Dr Kathy Smith (Clayton)
Ms Donna Rady (Peninsula)
This unit introduces students to advanced theoretical and pedagogical concepts associated with the teaching of science and technology to children in primary school settings. Students analyse critically, evaluate and transform information from a range of curricula, including the Australian primary science curriculum and other international curricula. Specifically students recognise that knowledges are culturally constructed and they research a range of world views about science and technology. Important conceptual scientific ideas and different pedagogical approaches to the teaching of science and technology are critiqued. The preparation and teaching of science and technology programs is undertaken in the context of studying teaching strategies that are appropriate across cultural contexts, for different science and technology concepts and across year levels in primary school, early childhood settings, homes and communities.
Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
- understand advanced theoretical and pedagogical concepts associated with the teaching of science and technology to children
- translate conceptual ideas and processes about science into classroom learning activities for children that are appropriate for a range of year levels, areas of science and cultural knowledge associated with science learning
- research and develop understandings of the variety of science and technology curricula and assessment techniques available for planning and evaluating student learning in science and technology
- explore ways of stimulating and enriching children's natural curiosity by presenting a broad range of learning experiences
- reflecting on their past and present science and technology education experiences, develop through the exploration and experience of a variety of learning and teaching strategies a personal approach to teaching science and technology.
Research essay on science and technology (1500 words, 40%)
Research portfolio of work from school-based setting demonstrating children's learning in science and technology (2500 words equivalent, 60%)
Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- 2 contact hours per week
- Additional requirements:
- independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week
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