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EDF5117

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)A Fitzgerald (Peninsula) + Associate Prof. Bruce Waldrip (Gippsland)

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching and learning of science, technology and studies of society. This unit considers the ways in which social, cultural and political meanings are constructed and transmitted within our society and in the ways in which learning technologies have impacted and shaped these meanings. An emphasis will be placed on students identifying ways in which children use a variety of resources to effectively explore our technological society and assist them in explaining its origins, diversity and dynamic nature.

Objectives

In this unit students should:

  • acquire an understanding of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching and learning of science, technology and studies of society;
  • be familiar with current policies and directions, including the shift to internationalising the curriculum, and documents relevant to science, technology and society;
  • understand how the social science disciplines inform studies of societies and cultures and be able to identify the related concepts, generalisations, skills, values and attitudes;
  • translate conceptual ideas and processes about science and technology into classroom learning activities for children using a variety of media and learning environments; and
  • understand a variety of appropriate learning models - approaches that can be applied using a range of learning technologies in a variety of social, scientific and environmental contexts.

Assessment

Assignment 1: (2000 words): 50%
Assignment 2: (2000 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Bruce Waldrip

Contact hours

3 hrs per week