Humanities and Science in Early Childhood
Study how concepts in humanities and science begin forming in young children. Consider how kids form these using their families and neighbourhood. Look at curriculum including biological, chemical, earth, space and physical sciences.
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- 01 Jun 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the humanities and science curricula and principles associated with effective teaching in the early years
- research and justify the use of an inquiry based approach to learning in the humanities and science curriculum areas
- develop appropriate content, assessment items, teaching strategies and resources related to the Australian Curriculum
- reflect on and appraise professional knowledge and student learning.
- Inquiry based learning. Science and humanities inquiry skill development. Planning and assessment. Artefact and community resources
- Geography, sustainability, place and space, EYLF, Australian Curriculum (or state curriculum)
- Family and local history, curriculum planning and assessment
- Social and emotional development as a foundation for civic and citizenship. EYLF
- Social justice, human rights education, global education. EYLF, Australian Curriculum (or state curriculum). Curriculum planning and assessment
- Scientific literacy in the Early Childhood context. Holistic science teaching and learning
- Biological Understandings; conceptual development in the early years. Talking science and the nature of effective questioning. EYLF, State Curriculum
- Physical science understandings: Multimodal representation and reasoning scientifically Assessment of science learning. EYLF, State Curriculum
- Chemical Understandings. Managing resources and a safe science environment. EYLF, State Curriculum
- Earth and Space Science Understandings. Science inquiry centres; cross curricula priorities; Aboriginal science and Sustainability. EYLF, State Curriculum
- Standard Media
- Online assignment submission
- Web links
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Embedded Multimedia
- Audio-Video streaming
- Resources and Links
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
This subject will examine the humanities and science curricula through an inquiry-based learning approach. A major focus of the humanities learning area will be on the ways in which children investigate and develop knowledge of their families, local area and sustainability practices. A major focus of the science learning area will be to develop scientific knowledge in relation to biological, chemical, earth and space, and physical sciences.
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- Report (50%)
- Journal (50%)
A Sense of Wonder: Science in Early Childhood Education
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