TEACHING PRIMARY SCIENCE

EDU2TPS

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop competence and skills to teach science in Australian primary schools. We will explore science, with a particular focus on the concepts within physical, biological, earth and space, and chemical sciences. Students will explore best-practice pedagogies for teaching and learning in science and investigate the curriculum resources available. We will also examine science inquiry skills, safety, science as a human endeavour and contemporary issues that intersect with science education and are suitable for classroom exploration. ICT skills associated with accessing, processing and communicating in a blended learning environment are embedded within the course and utilised in activities and assessment tasks.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites EDU1CAD and must be enrolled in one of the following courses in order to undertake this subject: Bachelor of Education Primary (EBEDP, EBEDPB, EBEDPM) or Bachelor of Educational Studies (EBEST, EBESTB, EBESTM, EBESTP) or Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (EBTP) or Bachelor of Education (EVEDB, RBEDM)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects EDU2SES, EDU2TS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTeaching Primary Science ConstructivelyPrescribedSkamp, K. (Ed.). (2015),Melbourne: Cengage
ReadingsLearning and Teaching Primary ScienceRecommendedFitzgerald, A. (Ed.). (2013)Cambridge University Press
ReadingsWorking Scientifically: Implementing and Assessing Open Investigation Work in ScienceRecommendedHackling, M. (2005)DET, WA
ReadingsEducating for SustainabilityRecommendedNolet. V. (2016)Routledge
ReadingsEducation for sustainability in the primary curriculum: A guide for teachers.RecommendedLittledyke, M., Taylor, N., & Eames, C. (2009)Palgrave Macmillan
Readingshttp://primaryconnections.org.au/about/RecommendedText version (2008)Australian Academy of Science
ReadingsCurrent Sample Science ProgramRecommendedwww.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/science/samples/Pages/default.aspxwww.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/science/samples/Pages/default.aspx

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an ability to find and incorporate appropriate curriculum knowledge associated with teaching science in schools through effective planning for teaching including the ability to access relevant science curriculum documents and apply them in planning for learning, and to select appropriate resources.

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, online learning tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

02. Design and construct science learning environments that are meaningful, engaging and safe for learners, and meet their learning needs.

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, online learning tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Develop science-specific assessment tasks of teaching and learning for a variety of diagnostic, formative and summative purposes

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, online learning tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Critically reflect on science learning in order to improve professional knowledge and professional skills for responsible futures.

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, online learning tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

05. Access relevant science curriculum documents and apply them in planning for interdisciplinary learning.

Activities:
Lectures, workshops, online learning tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Report on Primary classroom based on inquiry based investigation framework (1200 words)30 01, 04, 05
Portfolio (2000 words) 50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Science Quiz (800 word equivalent)20 01, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Report on Primary classroom based on inquiry based investigation framework (1200 words)30 01, 04, 05
Portfolio (2000 words) 50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Science Quiz (800 word equivalent)20 01, 04

Mildura, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKymberley Barbary

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Report on Primary classroom based on inquiry based investigation framework (1200 words)30 01, 04, 05
Portfolio (2000 words) 50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Science Quiz (800 word equivalent)20 01, 04