TEACHING PRIMARY SCIENCE

EDU2TPS

2021

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.

SchoolEducation

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, workshops, online learning tasks

Capstone subjectNo

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 subjectsEDU2SES OR EDU2TS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Learning and Teaching Primary Science

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorFitzgerald, A.

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCambridge University Press

ISBN9781107609457

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

N/A

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorText version

Year2008

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAustralian Academy of Science

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttp://primaryconnections.org.au/about/

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Current Sample Science Program

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorN/A

YearN/A

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherN/A

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLwww.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/science/samples/Pages/default.aspx

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Working Scientifically: Implementing and Assessing Open Investigation Work in Science

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorHackling, M.

Year2005

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherDET, WA

ISBN0 7307 4146 X

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLhttp://www.angelfire.com/sc/staws/Working_Scientifically.pdf

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Education for sustainability in the primary curriculum: A guide for teachers.

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorLittledyke, M., Taylor, N., & Eames, C.

Year2009

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

ISBN9781420256277

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Educating for Sustainability: Principles and Practices for Teachers

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorNolet. V.

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

ISBN9780415720342

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Teaching Primary Science Constructively

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorSkamp, K.

Year2014

Edition/Volume5th

PublisherCengage

ISBN9780170261203

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
02. Design and construct science learning environments that are meaningful, engaging and safe for learners, and meet their learning needs.
03. Develop science-specific assessment tasks of teaching and learning for a variety of diagnostic, formative and summative purposes
04. Critically reflect on science learning in order to improve professional knowledge and professional skills for responsible futures.
05. Access relevant science curriculum documents and apply them in planning for interdisciplinary learning.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Report on Primary classroom based on inquiry based investigation framework (1200 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

Portfolio (2000 words)

N/APortfolioIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Science Quiz (800 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPrem Kurup

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h 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 elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Report on Primary classroom based on inquiry based investigation framework (1200 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

Portfolio (2000 words)

N/APortfolioIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Science Quiz (800 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4

Mildura, 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKymberley Barbary

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Report on Primary classroom based on inquiry based investigation framework (1200 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

Portfolio (2000 words)

N/APortfolioIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Science Quiz (800 word equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4