Engaging Children in Science - 2016

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Unit summary

EDE272

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Case Study (50%) , Assignment 2 - Report Planning Document (50%)

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit investigates ways to support young children’s inquiry into natural science including environmental education and sustainability by engaging their curiosity and desire to explore science content. The unit examines pedagogical approaches, theoretical perspectives, and research which assist educators to plan and implement teaching and learning programs which engage children (birth - 8 years) in authentic and meaningful science experiences.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain science concepts and demonstrate science skills
  2. demonstrate knowledge and application of learning theories, teaching and learning approaches from current literature and relevant curriculum documents for birth to 8 years old children's science learning and assessments
  3. design effective science learning experiences for birth to 8 year old children identifying language and scientific literacy.
  • Assignment 1 — Case Study (50%)
  • Assignment 2 — Report Planning Document (50%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDE305 Science, Society and Environment in Early Childhood as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1What does Science in ECE look like?
2Science Curriculum, early years and learning theory
3Drawing to learn science
4Science Inquiry Skills
5Planning hands-on science learning activities
6Effective questioning
7Science teaching approaches
8Teaching sustainability in science
9Science Understanding
10Teaching and learning science outdoors
11Science as a Human endeavour
12Resources

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Science in Early Childhood 2ed

    By:Campbell/Jobling/Howitt

    ISBN: 9781107432260

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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