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Science in the Primary Curriculum (EDN614)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external
Description This unit focuses on science knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge (how to teach science) that are needed to facilitate the development of primary school students' science literacy. Students will examine inquiry learning, alternative conceptions, engagement in science and other topics in science education associated with developing science literacy in the primary setting. These learning experiences are based on readings in science education research literature with emphasis on the development of teaching and learning materials to be used in primary science classrooms.
Unit Learning Outcomes The Unit Learning Outcomes are aligned with the Course Learning Outcomes for the Master of Teaching and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the earth and space sciences, physical, chemical, and biological concepts included in the Australian Curriculum: Science Learning Area.
2. Display expertise with inquiry skills of questioning and predicting, planning and conducting, processing and analysing data and information, evaluating and communicating.
3. Design lessons to teach the concepts in the Australian Curriculum: Science Learning Area in a supportive and safe learning environment.
4. Use the Australian Curriculum: Science Learning Area to plan a logical sequence of science lessons to support primary student science learning informed by theory and research.
5. Use the Australian Curriculum: Science Learning Area to plan a logical sequence of science lessons to promote a high level of engagement for primary school learners in a supportive and safe learning environment.
6. Develop and implement questions to probe student understanding of science concepts.
7. Design lessons that incorporate planned formative assessment informed by theory and research of alternate conceptions of science.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminar/Laboratory: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
Unit Learning Experiences Students engage in a 2.5 hour seminar/lab each week. Seminars/laboratories in this unit are interactive with demonstrations and learning activities that model teaching in the primary setting. Seminars are recorded and accessible through Echo as support for all students. Each week students are expected to participate in seminars, complete the required reading, answer the focus questions and complete the lab activities. The seminar/laboratory sessions are designed to use everyday materials appropriate for use in a primary classroom. Students are required to make use of the online discussion site to find online materials, share information, clarify issues, and contact colleagues. This unit has been designed to rely heavily on small group and interactive learning activities in both the internal and external mode of study.
Assessment Science Program (40%)
Ongoing seminar/lab activity assessment (30%)
Two lesson plans and Mini-Teach Activity (30%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Primary) and successful completion of EDN5501 Transition to Teaching and EDN561 Learners and Learning Environments.
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Master of Teaching (Primary) (MTeachPrim) [New in 2015]
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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Ms Kylie Jones

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7476
e: kylie.jones@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.008 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: AU7-External
MURDOCH: AU7-Internal
Ms Kylie Jones

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7476
e: kylie.jones@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.008 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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