Undergraduate | CUR-EDE255 | 2024
Engaging Children in Science
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Learn how to support young children’s inquiry into natural science by engaging their curiosity and desire to explore science content. Extend your knowledge and application of learning theories, teaching and learning approaches for science.
- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 27 May 2024,
- 25 Nov 2024,
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- Entry requirements
- Part of a degree
- 13 weeks
HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available
Engaging Children in Science
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- explain science concepts and demonstrate science skills
demonstrate knowledge and application of learning theories, teaching and learning approaches from current literature and relevant curriculum documents for birth to 8 year old children’s science learning and assessments
- design effective science learning experiences for birth to 8 year old children that develop scientific language and scientific literacy that incorporates Indigenous knowledge and understandings
- differentiate and contextualise learning experiences to meet children’s cultural backgrounds and specific learning needs.
- What is science and what does it look like in early childhood (EC) education?
- The Australian Science Curriculum and science in the EYLF
- Science inquiry: Process skills and investigating
- Learning theories in EC science
- Managing science and chemical understandings
- Effective questioning
- Reasoning scientifically and multimodal representations: Physical science understandings
- Cross curricular priorities applied in science: Exploring Earth & Space understandings
- Planning constructively: Backwards planning of a science learning journey
- Enhancing young children's learning of science
- Science learning environments
- Sharing science resources and reflection
This subject was previously known as EDE272 Engaging Children in Science.
This subject 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 subject 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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- Case study (50%)
- Report planning document (50%)
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Part of a degree
To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- CUR-ECE-DEG-2024 - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
- CUR-FAST-DEG-2024 - Fast track your Curtin on campus study
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
CUR-EDE272 (Not currently available)
- Other requirements -
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.
Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.
Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.
Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses