TEACHING PRIMARY SCIENCE

EDU5TPS

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject Pre-service Teachers develop and critically evaluate the knowledge, skills and competencies to teach science in primary schools. You will explore innovative pedagogies and core conceptual understandings related to teaching and learning in science. You will investigate high quality curriculum resources available for teaching science topics, develop an awareness of the general capabilities and structure of the Australian Science Curriculum as a basis for state referenced curriculum documents. You will have the opportunity to examine contemporary issues that intersect with science education, suitable for classroom exploration. ICT skills associated with accessing, processing and communicating in a blended learning environment are embedded within the subject and assessment tasks. You will have the opportunity to develop unit plans and resources for teaching science and investigate interdisciplinary possibilities for planning and teaching. You will have the opportunity to observe, collect science resources, plan documents and teach science lessons in a school setting while on professional experience during this subject.



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SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the following course in order to undertake this subject: Master of Teaching Primary (EMTCP, EMTCPB and EMTCPW), Master of Teaching (EMTP)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects EDU5SDT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTeaching Science Constuctively 5th EdPrescribedSkamp, K (Ed) 2015Cengage Learning
ReadingsWorking Scientifically: Implementing and assessing Open Investigation Work in Science.RecommendedHackling, M (2005)DET, WA
ReadingsEducation for sustainability in the primary curriculum: A guide for teachersRecommendedLittledyke, M, Taylor, N & Eames, C (2009)Palgrave Macmillan

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the content knowledge, skills and resources required to plan for effective science teaching and learning through a study of the Australian science curriculum, the three interrelated strands of science, its general capabilities and links to appropriate state based curriculum documents.

Activities:
Through online modules and interactive asynchronous and synchronous forums: - Students will gain first-hand experience with the relevant state based curriculum documents, including the structure of the Australian science curriculum. Quality resources will be a focus and this will incorporate not only the guidance recommended from curriculum documents, but going beyond this to reputable texts, websites, education providers and articles.

02. Identify and apply contemporary pedagogical and multidisciplinary approaches, such as the 5E instructional model, for planning and teaching science.

Activities:
Through online modules; interactive asynchronous and synchronous forums; some campus-based lectures during a Face-to-Face Intensive.

03. Investigate age-appropriate, contemporary scientific issues which can be used as a basis to create a planned unit of work from Foundation to year 6, incorporating proposed activities, resources required and planning for assessment.

Activities:
Through online modules; interactive forums; investigation of a science based Excursion site; Assessment Task 1

04. Develop an interactive, online science resource representing accurate understandings of all strands of the Australian Primary Science Curriculum for future practice and implementation.

Activities:
Through online modules; interactive asynchronous and synchronous forums; Assessment Task 2.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 33 - 33
One 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 33 to week 33 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The intensive component of this subject will be delivered at the Bundoora Campus only."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 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 inquiry investigation (1500 words) 20 01, 02, 03, 04
Online Science Portfolio = 3000 wordsThis assessment will be scaffolded through the use of online modules and a number of module topics50 01, 02, 03, 04
Online teaching science knowledge and skills quiz (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 33 - 33
One 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 33 to week 33 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The intensive component of this subject will be delivered at the Bundoora Campus only."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 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 inquiry investigation (1500 words) 20 01, 02, 03, 04
Online Science Portfolio = 3000 wordsThis assessment will be scaffolded through the use of online modules and a number of module topics50 01, 02, 03, 04
Online teaching science knowledge and skills quiz (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 33 - 33
One 8.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 33 to week 33 and delivered via face-to-face.
"The intensive component of this subject will be delivered at the Bundoora Campus only. "

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 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 inquiry investigation (1500 words) 20 01, 02, 03, 04
Online Science Portfolio = 3000 wordsThis assessment will be scaffolded through the use of online modules and a number of module topics50 01, 02, 03, 04
Online teaching science knowledge and skills quiz (2000 words)30 01, 02, 03