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Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in Early Childhood and Primary (EDN441)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit aims to prepare students to teach the 'Humanities and Social Sciences' component of the Curriculum, with particular application to the early childhood and primary learning environments. The unit promotes the use of an investigative approach to learning. The aim is to promote the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that enable learners to participate as active and informed citizens in a democratic society.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Provide a rationale for the inclusion of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Early Years Learning Framework and Primary Curriculum (Australian Curriculum).
2. Show an understanding of recent developments in Humanities and Social Sciences, including the need to promote active and responsible citizenship.
3. Demonstrate a critical awareness, understanding and facility with, the curriculum materials currently available for use in Humanities and Social Sciences.
4. Use a range of teaching strategies and resources to help learners to use an investigative approach to Humanities and Social Sciences learning.
5. Prepare effective lessons and programs of work based on the Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum material that will promote a high level of interest and involvement for early childhood and primary learners.
6. Use a range of evaluation strategies to promote and enhance student learning.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 1 x 1 hour per week (online LMS); workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves a layered approach: lectures, workshops, independent reading, collaborative planning, project work, reflection and practice. Students will have an opportunity to identify, plan, enact and evaluate a thematic programme.
Assessment Students will have three assessment tasks:
Assessment 1: Choosing curriculum resources (20%)
Assessment 2: Planning a unit of work (50%)
Assessment 3: Video presentation (30%)
Prerequisites Successful completion of BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work, and EDN111 Language for Learning and Teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU286 or EDU2861 may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2016: 'Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in Primary Years'; 2014: 'Teaching Society and the Environment in Primary Schools'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education) (BEd Primary 1-10 HPE)
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Professor Barry Down

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6581
e: b.down@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.018 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Professor Barry Down

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6581
e: b.down@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.018 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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