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Teaching Senior Secondary Science (EDN476)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AU7-internal
Description This unit offers opportunities for developing science teacher knowledge and understanding of the curriculum and engaging pedagogy in the delivery of upper secondary Science courses through significant analysis and evaluation of curriculum documents, hands-on activities, programming, lesson planning and self-critical reflective practice, Students engage primarily with Australian National and West Australian science curriculum perspectives. The unit focuses on the structure and content of the upper secondary science curriculum, teaching strategies, curriculum planning, creation of learning resources and assessment.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate knowledge of curricular orientations to teaching and learning science.
2. Apply pedagogical content knowledge and teaching skills relevant to the Upper Secondary Science curriculum.
3. Critically analyse Upper Secondary Science curriculum documents to plan, teach, and evaluate engaging lessons and teaching programs.
4. Identify strategies relevant to school science learning that nurture interest and motivation in science learning leading to enhanced engagement and participation in science learning.
5. To plan for a safe learning environment as required for maintaining students' well-being and safety.
6. Develop and use effective and meaningful student assessment tools suitable for the Upper Secondary Science learning area.
7. Demonstrate understanding of relevant legislative policies and processes.
8. Demonstrate meaningful reflective practise and appreciate the need for ongoing professional leaning for science teachers.
Timetabled Learning Activities Internal students
2 x 2 hour workshops each teaching week

External students
5 x 2 hour on line sessions
On line tasks.
Unit Learning Experiences External students in this unit are expected to engage in a total of 150 hours of study during the semester. Concepts from all workshops, readings and individual tasks aim to provide the foundation of quality teaching in both upper and middle secondary school Science teaching. Blended learning in the form of workshop activity resources and tasks, on-line discussions and self-directed study will be used to support some hands-on approaches that will work with key understandings and provide opportunities to apply concepts to teaching in a practical way. Modelling of teaching strategies will be highlighted via some audio/visual workshop recordings to enhance learning experiences. Internal students will engage collaboratively through workshops that will provide open group discussion, hands on activities including and unpacking resources intended to nurture and support an awareness of engaging pedagogy
Other Learning Experiences Internal students 2 x 2 hour workshops each teaching week.
External students 5 x 2 hour on line sessions On line tasks.
In support of strengthening views i.e. Science as Human Endeavour (SHE), students will be invited to review TV/Video programs that address the socially critical elements of science.
Assessment The assessment in this unit consists of three assignments that cover a range of assessable items: practical application (teaching performance), planning and preparation of a lesson plan and a program, and essay writing. The assignments cover all unit learning outcomes by requiring students to demonstrate content, curriculum and planning knowledge as well as the ability to determine appropriate assessment and teaching strategies to engage students within the given legal and safety requirements. Students are also required to think of the wider implications of science education in terms of science as a human endeavour which includes thinking ethically and globally.
Assignment 1. Microteaching 30%
Assignment 2. Essay 30%
Assignment 3. Planning a Program 40%
Prerequisites Successful completion of EDN376 Teaching Science.
Notes Curriculum Teaching Area 2 in Science requires a minimum of two units (six points) at Part I-Level and at least two units (6 points) at Part II-Level from the Science Major.
Previously 2015: 'Science and the Curriculum B (Secondary 11 - 12)'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Biology and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Earth and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Biological Science Minor Teaching Area
Chemistry Minor Teaching Area
Earth and Environmental Science Minor Teaching Area
Physics Minor Teaching Area
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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Mrs Janene Sproul
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e: janene.sproul@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: AU7-Internal
Mrs Janene Sproul
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e: janene.sproul@murdoch.edu.au
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