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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Stephen Keast (Day); Mrs Karen Marangio (Off-campus)


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 a personal approach to teaching science, through the exploration and experience of a variety of learning and teaching strategies.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO)

Written assignment (1000 words, 25%)
Reflective task (1000 words, 25%)
Class presentation (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 remaining hours per week


EDF4859 or EDF4113