EDF1121 - Exploring science
6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Education
Leader(s): Dr B Jane
Peninsula Second semester 2009 (Day)
This unit introduces students to key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of science with children. Important conceptual ideas and processes about translating science into classroom learning activities will be fundamental to the unit. Students will be introduced to the relevant science curriculum framework with historical and contemporary changes in the teaching of science being considered in the context of a range of teaching strategies used in primary school and early childhood settings.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- acquire a sound understanding of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of science with children;
- translate conceptual ideas and processes about science into classroom learning activities for children; developed understandings of the variety of assessment techniques available to evaluate student learning in science education;
- explore ways of stimulating and enriching children's natural curiosity by presenting a broad range of learning experiences; and
- reflect on their past and present science education experiences developed through the exploration and experience of a variety of learning and teaching strategies, a personal approach to teaching science.
Assessment task 1: Reflective essay (1,600 words, 40%)
Assessment task 2: Portfolio (2.400 words, 60%)
2 hours per week