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 Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Rebecca Cooper (Clayton); Dr Stephen Keast (Gippsland)


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF4859).


This unit broadens students thinking about learning and teaching science by introducing them to ways of engaging learners in real world science. It provides students with the opportunity to develop their planning and teaching skills and emphasises the importance of reflection and continual development of teaching practice. This unit will draw on concepts from constructivist theories of learning, pedagogical content knowledge and critical reflection. Furthermore, this unit reinforces a view that learning and teaching science is more about creating a scientifically literate community than it is about content and correct answers.


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

  1. explore ways of facilitating students in their explorations of their own questions and investigations
  2. develop competence in planning and implementing lessons and units of work
  3. become sensitised to the real world of the learners in their classrooms and develop an appreciation for providing learning experiences that will be meaningful to students
  4. develop, through the exploration and experience of a variety of learning and teaching strategies, a personal approach to teaching science.


Assessment Task 1A: Written assignment (1000 words, 25%)
Assessment Task 1B: Reflective task (1000 words, 25%)
Assessment Task 2: Class Presentation (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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


EDF4859 General science education in the secondary years A or EDF4113 General science education


EDF4420 Science education