Subject details

  • Topics
    • Scientific Literacy
    • Observation/Inquiry
    • Constructivism, Alternative frameworks
    • National Curriculum, SU, SIS, SHE
    • Teaching Strategies, 5 E Model
    • Lesson Planning
    • Assessment, Report writing
    • Science Safety, Classroom management
    • Programming and Planning, 5 E Model revisited
    • ICT and Science, Literacies of Science, Resources
    • Integrated Science, Resources
    • Excursions, Review, revisit and reflect
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

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

  1. incorporate the inquiry into lesson planning and synthesise science lesson that consider the ethics and decision-making decisions that should be considered with new advances in science
  2. implement a range of teaching strategies in the science context and identify and develop resources to help primary school students engage and learn science
  3. evaluate and implement assessment strategies in the context of science to help develop a progression pathway to guide students learning
  4. prepare interesting and exciting lesson plans and programmes in science which are informed by students
  5. provide a clear rationale to support the teaching of science in the primary classroom and develop an awareness, understanding and use of the new curriculum materials in science.
  • Assignment 1 - Case Study (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Test (15%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report (45%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s); or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

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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