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Teaching Science in Secondary Schools (EDN557)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit offers opportunities for developing knowledge and understanding of curriculum and pedagogy in the secondary science curriculum. Students engage with national and international science curriculum perspectives. The unit focuses on the structure and content of the lower and upper secondary science curriculum, teaching strategies, curriculum planning, creation of learning resources and assessment. Through critical analysis and evaluation of curriculum documents, hands-on activities, programming, lesson planning and micro-teaching students gain knowledge, practical skills and expertise.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. apply knowledge of current learning theories to the science learning area
2. demonstrate pedagogical content knowledge and teaching skills relevant to the Secondary Science curriculum
3. critically analyse Secondary Science curriculum documents to plan, teach, and evaluate engaging lessons and teaching programs
4. identify strategies relevant to the science learning area that enhance engagement and participation whilst maintaining students' well-being and safety
5. use assessment strategies of student achievement suitable for the Lower Secondary Science learning area
6. demonstrate an understanding of relevant legislative policies and processes
7. appreciate the need for ongoing professional learning for science teachers
Timetabled Learning Activities Internal students: 2 x 2 hour workshops each teaching week.
External students: 5 x 2 hour online sessions.
Online tasks.
Unit Learning Experiences Concepts from all workshops, readings and individual tasks aim to provide the foundation of quality teaching in upper secondary school Science teaching. Blended learning in the form of face-to-face workshops and on-line self-directed study (internals) or online workshops, on-line discussions, Collaborate sessions and self-directed study (externals) will be used for a hands-on approach that will work with key understandings each week and provide opportunities to apply concepts to teaching in a practical way. Modelling of teaching strategies will be implemented to enhance learning experiences.
Other Learning Experiences One workshop will be an excursion.

Internal students: 2 x 2 hour workshops each teaching week.
External students: 5 x 2 hour online sessions.
Online tasks.
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.

There are three assessment components in this unit:
Assignment 1. Microteaching 30%
Assignment 2. Essay 30%
Assignment 3. Planning a Program 40%
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary); successful completion of, or enrolment in EDN550 Transition to Teaching OR BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work OR EDU101/EDU1011 Introduction to Teaching; a degree in a discipline relevant to high school science teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN417 Science and the Curriculum (Secondary) may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Curriculum Teaching Area 2 in Science requires a minimum of two units (six points) at Part I-Level and at least two units (3 points) at Part II-Level from the Science Major.
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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Unit Coordinator
EDN557
Mr Philip Jones
P/T Teaching Casual

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2168
e: Philip.Jones@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.018 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
EDN557

MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Mr Philip Jones
P/T Teaching Casual

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2168
e: Philip.Jones@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.018 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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