Inquiry in the Science Classroom
Create and participate in inquiry focused, hands-on activities in science learning. Consider lesson planning, teaching strategies and assessment forms. Promote a positive attitude towards science to enable children to better understand their world.
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- 01 Jun 2020
- 30 Nov 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- plan science lessons that advance science knowledge by an inquiry approach to learning that incorporates ethical discourse and decision-making processes
- implement a range of teaching strategies in the science context and identify and develop resources to help primary school students engage and learn science
- evaluate assessment strategies in the context of science to help develop a cohesive framework to guide students learning
- differentiate and contextualise learning experiences to meet children’s cultural backgrounds and specific learning needs with particular reference to Indigenous knowledge and understandings
- produce a clear rationale to support the teaching of science in the primary classroom and develop awareness, understanding and interpretation of the curriculum materials for science whilst safely managing students
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Australian Science curriculum and the concepts appropriate to primary school.
- Science literacy investigations
- Observation investigations; Inquiry
- Where students are at! Constructivism; Alternative conceptions; Questioning
- How do we teach them? Teaching Strategies; 5 E Model
- How do we assess them? Scaffold planning/coaching for assessment
- How do we keep them safe?
- Programming and planning units
- ICT and science review
- Excursions; Review, revisit and reflect
What does it look like, feel like and smell like? In this subject the inquiry process provides the framework through which students investigate science in the primary classroom. Students will create and participate in inquiry focused hands-on activities across the science learning areas of the Australian Curriculum. This subject will focus on fostering a positive and engaging environment to promote students’ scientific literacy and will consider lesson planning, teaching strategies and assessment forms in the context of the science classroom. The subject will also evaluate the raft of science resources and technologies available for primary classrooms. There is a focus on promoting students’ ability to develop primary school learners’ knowledge and skills to work scientifically, and to foster a positive attitude to science, and apply science knowledge to better understand the world around them.
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- Case Study (45%)
- Take Home Exam (10%)
- Sequence of 5 Lesson Plans (45%)
Textbooks are not required.
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