Subject details

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

  1. 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 year old children’s science learning and assessments

  3. 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
  4. 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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

Special requirements

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    Additional materials

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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Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Case study (50%)
  • Report planning document (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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