Pre-requisites

ES712 Primary Specialist: English & Professional Practice 1B OR ES712 Primary Specialist: Mathematics & Professional Practice 1B

Co-requisites

None.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit covers the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the Australian Curriculum relevant to Science appropriate to primary schooling, and scientific content knowledge and processes. The unit aims to develop your knowledge, application and confidence to plan for, and engage students in rich, meaningful and well-managed learning experiences in Primary Science.

You will examine a range of perspectives on science content and ways of knowing in order to develop your understanding of how knowledge construction is shaped by culture and beliefs. Particular attention will be given to dominant social, Christian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives with the objective of understanding and respecting students’ diversities and creating inclusive science learning experiences. Through this you will engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, knowledge and practices related to scientific concepts and phenomenon.

You will review critically a range of pedagogical approaches, including constructive and inquiry-based learning, for engaging students and supporting their active participation and learning in Science. You will develop a range of strategies to challenge misconceptions, and assist students in articulating, representing and testing mental and scientific models, organise and process ideas, and develop their ability to think and work scientifically. The unit covers authentic assessment strategies for formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative assessment of science content.

The unit explores integrated curriculum as an approach to deepening learning in Science. You will learn how to address literacy and numeracy learning relevant to Science, as well as intentionally integrating skills and knowledge, such as reading, interpreting and creating texts in relevant genres. The unit integrates cross-curriculum priority areas, Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, as well as integrating Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, and Intercultural capabilities.

Topics

Teaching Strategies

Pre-service teachers learning in this course will involve a variety of approaches including: lectures; practicum; observation; responding to educational scenarios; critical reflections; discussion; tutorials; assessment tasks; assessment feedback; guest speakers; classroom observation; practical teaching assignments; reflective journals; contact with professional associations; oral presentations; and on-line activities.


Unit offerings

Face to face: Semester 1, 2023
Face to face: Semester 1, 2020; Semester 1, 2021; Semester 1, 2022; Semester 1, 2023, and Semester 1, 2024

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.