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EDX3160 Teaching Science and Design Technology

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 : 16 May 2022


Pre-requisite: EDX2260 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BEDU (Special Education) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary) or BPED


Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. Primary children are natural scientists who ask many questions. Teaching science effectively requires a clear understanding of the nature and philosophy of this subject. This second course in primary science aims to enhance pre-service teachers’ knowledge and understanding of science and ways to teach it to children in Years 3 - 6. As such, this course deals with the formation and challenging of naïve theories about science that children develop at these ages. Constructivism theory underpins modern science teaching, so this is modelled by the course adopting a constructivist approach. The course also makes use of other evidence-based strategies such as collaborative learning and analysis of scenarios of teaching and learning. The course explores the science ideas required at levels based on current science education research, and will afford opportunities for achievement of several national standards aligned with science education at a higher level than in the previous compulsory course.

This is the second course in a suite of two supporting the teaching and learning of primary science. Pre-service teachers will advance their understanding of the nature of science and the organisation and structure of the Australian Curriculum: Science. They will develop an understanding of the content and pedagogical content knowledge required to teach all four Science Understanding sub-strands across Years 3 - 6, and how children learn science. Pre-service teachers will apply these understandings in the development and implementation of science units of sequential lesson plans. They will develop assessments to provide diagnosis of prior learning and feedback on the progress of learning. Pre-service teachers will experience collaborative and problem-based learning strategies, and will be required to demonstrate how they can integrate ICT and design technology with science for diverse learners.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 3, 2022 Online
Date printed 16 May 2022