Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning - 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 1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Critical Reflection (30%) , Essay - Discussion Paper (35%) - 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).

Constructivist theory is provoking much interest among mathematics and science educators, providing researchers and practitioners alike with a valuable window into designing learning environments, fostering inquiring minds and building teaching practices that support deep and lasting learning and achievement. This unit examines how constructivist theory can inform science and mathematics education by focusing on the practical, classroom-based implications such as ascertaining students' prior knowledge and implementing constructivist-based teaching/learning approaches.

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

  1. explain constructivist theories of learning for conceptual change
  2. critically reflect on the significance of students' viewpoint in a learning situation and in the context of the theories of learning
  3. implement and evaluate a constructivist learning approach to teaching and learning
  4. explain and evaluate different models of understanding
  5. critically evaluate their own teaching and the type of understanding it promotes
  6. demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
  • Assignment — Critical Reflection (30%)
  • Essay — Discussion Paper (35%)
  • Report — Lesson Planning and Critique (35%)

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.

1Theories of learning
2Application of theories of learning
3Reflecting on teacher and learner understanding
4Self evaluation of teaching
5Critical reflection on your new perspectives

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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