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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 enables students to develop understanding of the principles and practices of teaching as outlined by the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) science curriculum (Year 7-10). 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 practical skills and expertise for research, professional practice and learning
Unit Learning Outcomes The following Learning Outcomes are modified extracts from AITSL (2015), Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia.

At the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Provide a rationale for the provision of high quality Year 7-10 Science programs in schools.
2. Demonstrate science specific lesson planning, resource design and enactment of teaching using various teaching strategies and resources, catering for inclusive education and student diversity using SCSA 7-10 science curriculum content.
3. Proactively create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments in the science classroom.
4. Use knowledge and understanding regarding impact of culture of the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as an influence for programming and classroom resource development.
5. Appropriately modify teaching resources and pedagogy to cater for students with disability.
6. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of assessment strategies, feedback repertoire and school-based reporting of student learning in the Year 7-10 science curriculum context.
7. Professionally collaborate with colleagues, teachers and the community in planning and implementing effective teaching and learning in the Year 7-10 science context
Timetabled Learning Activities 1-hour lecture per week and 2-hour workshop per week
Unit Learning Experiences Students attend/view a one-hour lecture and complete a two-hour workshop 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 high quality teaching in lower secondary school science teaching. Blended learning in the form of lectures, face-to-face workshops and online self-directed study (internals) or online workshops, online 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.
Other Learning Experiences Excursion: Visitation/s to a Year 7-10 high school science class, with scope for developing the Murdoch University Adjunct Program.

Incursion: Nelsonnet publishing representative visit demonstrating online resources linked to Nelson textbooks that provide specific resources for teachers
Assessment There are four assessment components in this unit:
· Assessment 1 (20%) - Microteaching demonstration
· Assessment 2 (30%) - Interactive teaching resource
· Assessment 3 (40%) - Program planning
Assessment 4 (10%) - Quizzes
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
P/T Teaching Casual

e: janene.sproul@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1E-External
MURDOCH: S1E-Internal
Mrs Janene Sproul
P/T Teaching Casual

e: janene.sproul@murdoch.edu.au
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