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ECP3200 Early Scientific Thinking and Inquiry

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


Pre-requisite: EDE3103 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEED or BECH
Enrolment is not permitted in ECP3200 if EDX3160 has been previously completed


Exploring, questioning, inferring, predicting, hypothesising, planning, observing, analysing, communicating, responding and problem solving are essential components of an early years program for young children from birth to eight years. Planning inquiry is a fundamental component of the curriculum documentation (e.g. Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum) with which educators will be engaging. Inquiry and its associated knowledge and understandings, skills and dispositions, prepares children for life-long learning. Integrated programs are powerful in providing age-appropriate opportunities for confident and involved learners who are connected with and contribute to their world. Educators require an in-depth grasp of the knowledge and understanding outcomes of science curricula, well-versed skills for guiding young learners through scientific inquiries, and a repertoire of documentation strategies appropriate for assessing scientific thinking.

This course is designed to investigate the knowledge and understandings, skills and dispositions young children utilise and develop as they connect with their world and continue to grow as active participants in their family, community and society. Pre-service educators will interrogate the three strands of science, in accordance with the Australian Curriculum. The course also draws upon the practice principles and learning outcomes of the national Early Years Learning Framework to present content for infants through to the transition into the early years of school. Pre-service educators will examine pedagogical approaches, theoretical perspectives and research which assist them develop an understanding of what inquiry looks like when planning for and assessing scientific learnings of young children.

A 15-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 External
Date printed 18 May 2022