Science and Mathematics Education Curricula - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Online journal 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Online journal 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the course Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education).

This unit provides students with powerful conceptual tools for exploring ways in which curriculum is understood, in both the relevant literature and their own professional experience.

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

  1. explain and reflect critically on the concept of metaphor, especially in relation to a range of curriculum images
  2. develop a critical reflective awareness of the role of metaphors and curriculum images in their learning journey
  3. explain and reflect critically on technical, practical and emancipatory interests in relation to different curriculum images
  4. develop an ideal curriculum image that helps cultivate emancipatory approaches to Science and/or Mathematics Education
  5. explain critically the salient features of two of the following: a) outcomes-based education; b) curriculum integration; c) eco-pedagogy/eco-justice curriculum views; and d) (post-) modern visions of curriculum
  6. develop a visionary curriculum image that is capable of developing learners as creative, imaginative thinkers and actors.
  • Assignment 1 — Online journal 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Online journal 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Online journal 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Critical reflection (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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.

1Critical reflections on metaphor
2The role of metaphors and curriculum
3Different curriculum images
4Ideal science and mathematics curriculum
5Alternate visions of curriculum
6Visionary curriculum images

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • 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.

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