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.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Keast (Day); Ms Joanne Burke (Off-campus)


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.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Research report (1000 words, 25%),
Interview and lesson plan (1000 words, 25%)
Reflective task (1000 words, 25%)
Classroom presentation (1000 words, 25%)

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 remaining hours per week


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.