Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Ann Osman


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF4848).


This unit aims to prepare students to teach chemistry in secondary schools and colleges both as a specialist unit in senior years (Years 11 and 12) and within the junior science curriculum (Years 7 to 10). A central focus of the unit is to assist pre-service teachers to build an understanding of the importance of developing an effective pedagogy for teaching chemistry through the use of critical reflection. The unit also aims to build an awareness of problematic chemistry content and evidence-based teaching approaches that better facilitate student conceptual understanding. Students will trial a wide variety of effective teaching strategies and be encouraged to build information and communication technology (ICT) skills and techniques essential for establishing a productive and engaging secondary science classroom.
The unit will highlight the importance of setting personal and professional goals and actively seeking professional learning programs that contribute to the ongoing improvement of one's professional classroom practice. Methods for assessing and monitoring student learning in chemistry will be introduced. The relationship between science, technology and society, the cultural context for chemistry, the nature of chemistry as a discipline, the values that underpin chemistry and the relevance of chemistry to students' lives will be a focus of this unit.


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

  1. use appropriate chemistry content for Years 7 to 12 that takes into account the intelligibility, plausibility and fruitfulness of this content
  2. use appropriate contexts for the teaching of chemistry content that accounts for the experiences and social and cultural backgrounds of their clientele
  3. select appropriate teaching strategies and support resources (human and material) for teaching chemistry
  4. select and use a range of teaching procedures that will foster motivation and purposeful, independent learning in their students
  5. critically understand the curriculum and pedagogy of chemistry education
  6. develop a philosophy for what chemistry teaching means
  7. develop an appreciation for the relationship between science, technology and society and the cultural context for chemistry
  8. demonstrate awareness of the barriers raised by traditional science and chemistry curricula
  9. value the practice of real-world chemistry
  10. develop as professionals that are knowledgeable, skilful, flexible and compassionate in their practice and who are guided by a sense of social and ethical responsibility.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Research assignment: learning and teaching chemistry (2000 words, 50%)
Learning log (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


A minor sequence in chemistry or biochemistry