Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester (Open Learning) 2012 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Keast (Clayton); and Dr Hongming Ma (Gippsland)


This unit introduces students to the language, methods and major ideas useful in contemporary science teaching. Although the main focus is on the Victorian secondary science curriculum, students will also explore science curricula from national and international perspectives. The unit will draw on concepts from constructivist theories of learning, pedagogical content knowledge and critical reflection. Emphasis will be placed on students building their understanding of science teaching through collaborative participation in a range of contexts and experiences.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically reflect on their experiences as learners of science and identify implications for their professional identity;
  2. develop an understanding of a constructivist perspective on learning and its implications for science teaching;
  3. become familiar with curriculum documents related to teaching science;
  4. build pedagogical content knowledge through a focus on developing understanding of the relationships between content, context and pedagogical approach;
  5. develop competence in planning, assessing and implementing lessons and units of work; and
  6. become sensitized to the "real world" of the learners in their classrooms and develop an appreciation for providing learning experiences that will be meaningful to students.


This unit is graded Pass Grade Only (PGO); Assessment task 1: Written assignment (2,000 words, 50%); Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Debbie Corrigan

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Level 3, undergraduate degree, 4 units of tertiary science or by special permission. (Note: Students undertaking this unit as a middle school option through the Bachelor of Education (Primary) will meet different requirements. Specific advice should be sought.)


EDF4402, OR EDF4403, OR EDF4419, OR EDF4420 OR EDF4424. Students must be enrolled simultaneously in a professional experience unit(s).