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EDF4220 - Science education: teaching and learning in science

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr B Jane

Offered

Peninsula First semester 2009 (Day)

Synopsis

Students explore their own and children's understanding of a range of natural phenomena to increase their confidence in teaching and learning science; and devise appropriate learning activities and strategies for use in primary school classes.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be; competent in using a range of methods (observation, questioning, concept maps [drawings], POEs, journals [thinking books]) to determine young children's understandings; familiar with the local and international curriculum; able to devise and prepare sequential science activities using a variety of teaching strategies; experienced in using observational learning processes such as observation, classification, ordering, interpreting, to meaningfully understand natural events; able to explore the role that technology, especially computers, can play in children's learning; able to identify and explore their own beliefs, values and attitudes towards a range of science-technology-society-environment issues.

Assessment

Design and presentation of a science curriculum unit (2000 words): 50%
Powerpoint of work tasks and questions (2000 words): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours per week

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