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Teaching Science Years 7-10 (EDN595)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit encourages students to develop a practical and critical understanding of the principles and practices of teaching and learning in the Science curricula (Year 7-10) in Western Australian secondary schools. Particular attention is given to the structure and content of the lower secondary Science curriculum, teaching strategies, curriculum planning, creation of learning resources and assessment. Through critical analysis and evaluation of curriculum documents, application activities, programming, lesson planning and micro-teaching students gain knowledge, practical skills and expertise.
Unit Learning Outcomes The following Learning Outcomes are modified extracts from: AITSL (2015). Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia, Standards and procedures, AITSL, Melbourne. At the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Provide a rationale for the provision of quality Year 7-10 Science programs in schools.
2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of Year 7-10 secondary school students and how they learn through Science through engaging program planning and resource design.
3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of Year 7-10 Science curriculum content described by the Western Australian School and Curriculum Standards Authority (WASCSA) and how to teach it in sequenced lesson planning identifying effective resource design and incorporating appropriate assessment strategies.
4. Create lesson plans that cater for student diversity using teaching strategies that highlight engaging pedagogy located in appropriate curricular orientations for teaching and learning in the middle school science classroom.
5. Proactively create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge's, literacy and numeracy strategies and the use of ICT through Science lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching.
6. Demonstrate a range of appropriate and meaningful assessment strategies necessary for evaluation of teaching programs, monitoring individual student progress and achievement, and provide information for reporting to students, parents and other end users.
7. Engage in professional learning, critiquing a range of resources available for ongoing professional learning in the Year 7-10 Science curriculum context through unit and practicum experiences.
8. Engage professionally with colleagues, teachers, parents/carers and the community that can assist in planning and implementing effective teaching and learning in the Year 7-10 Science context through unit and practicum experiences.
Timetabled Learning Activities 2 x 2 hour Lecture/workshop per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students attend or view 2x two-hour lecture/workshops each week. Lectures in this unit are interactive and involve demonstrations and learning activities. Concepts from all lectures, workshops, readings and tasks aim to provide the foundation of quality teaching in lower secondary school Science teaching. Blended learning in the form of lectures, 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 practical application approach that will develop key understandings and provide opportunities to apply concepts to teaching in a contemporary and differentiated way. Modelling of teaching strategies will be implemented to enhance learning experiences. Embedded within the unit are opportunities to discuss teaching and learning with a practising teacher/s.
Other Learning Experiences 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 There are three assessment components in this unit:
Assignment 1: Micro teaching assignment 30%
Assignment 2: Planning engaging lessons 40%
Assignment 3: Essay 30%
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Appears in these Minors Teaching Science
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: S1E-Internal
Mr Philip Jones
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e: Philip.Jones@murdoch.edu.au
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