|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 :||24 May 2022|
There is a demand for learners to have a solid foundation in science to meet the needs of our modern lives and contribute to rational decision-making. Science is multi-faceted, including knowing, doing, thinking and communicating. Scientific curiosity begins early in life, and as parents and teachers nurture this curiosity across the years from birth to age 12, they help shape and develop children’s skills to enable them to inquire in more sophisticated ways into the world in which they live. Teachers need to be able to demonstrate that scientific ideas are connected across different fields and to everyday life at all ages.
This course is designed to develop science pedagogical content knowledge for future teachers in two parallel streams, from birth-8 years of age (Birth to Year 3), and Years F-6. However, as teachers may be required to work outside of their preferred area, access to both streams of material is available to all. The course has as its major focus the essential knowledge and skills necessary for beginning educators to: interpret contemporary early childhood and primary science curricula and initiatives in science education (particularly the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Science); apply knowledge of how learners develop conceptual understanding in science; recognise and be responsive to learner backgrounds, characteristics, experiences and prior understandings which might impact upon engagement and learning in science; and, design and implement well-organised and managed science learning environments.