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Teaching Science (EDN376)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1E-internal, S1E-external
Description This unit enables students to develop a practical and critical understanding of the principles, practices of teaching, learning as outlined by the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) science curriculum (Year 7-10). The unit focuses on the structure and content of the curriculum, teaching strategies, curriculum planning, learning activity creation, differentiation and assessment and safe practice. 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 The following are modified extracts from AITSL (2015), Accreditation of initial teacher education programs in Australia (Standards and Procedures).

At the completion of this unit, 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 Year 7-10 science curriculum content.
3. Generate and maintain supportive and safe learning environments in the science classroom.
4. Develop knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture on the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of assorted assessment strategies, feedback repertoire and school-based reporting of student learning in the Year 7-10 science curriculum context.
6. 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.
7. Professionally collaborate with colleagues, teachers, parents/carers and the community in planning and implementing effective teaching and learning in the Year 7-10 science context through unit and practicum experiences.
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: school 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 Successful completion of EDN2101 Professional Experience: BEd Secondary Teaching.
Previously 2015: 'Science and the Curriculum A (Secondary 7 - 10)'
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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Dr Janene Sproul

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