Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Rebecca Cooper


This unit is Part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part B (EDF4860).


This unit introduces students to the language, methods and major ideas useful in contemporary science teaching, and focuses on content, pedagogy and the interrelationships between them. It provides students with opportunities to develop their subject matter knowledge and skills relevant to teaching in secondary schools and refine their attitudes through reflecting on their past, as well as providing new experiences. The unit will draw on concepts from constructivist theories of learning, pedagogical content knowledge and critical reflection. Furthermore, it reinforces a view of learning about teaching as an ongoing, collaborative process that is developed through critical reflection on experience.


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

  1. acquire a sound understanding of key theoretical and pedagogical perspectives and issues in the teaching of science
  2. translate conceptual ideas and processes about science into classroom learning activities for students
  3. develop an understanding of a constructivist perspective on learning and its implications, and a variety of assessment techniques available, for use in science education classrooms.


Assessment Task 1A: Research report (1000 words, 25%),
Assessment Task 1B: Interview and lessson Plan (1000 words, 25%)
Assessment Task 2: Reflective task (1000 words, 25%)
Assessment Task 3: Classroom Presentation (1000 words, 25%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average per week of 2-3 hours contact plus approximately 15 hours in self-directed study


A minor sequence in general science and a minor sequence in one of biology, chemistry, earth science (geology), environmental science or physics together with a part in another of these areas of study


EDF4113 General science education