Reconstructing Science Education

Subject 485-621 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: Consideration of the appraisal and reform of the science curriculum both in Australia and overseas at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The study is particularly directed to participants who are assumed to have a leadership role in science education reform and professional development in their institution. It includes consideration of the arguments for the reconstruction of science education in the context of changing patterns of social participation and vocational expectations of science teaching, cognition and participation as public goals, images of science and science teachers, professional appraisal and the subject department as the prime locus of curriculum reform, social organization and professional development in secondary schools. Each student undertakes an intensive program of directed reading tailored to his or her personal requirements leading to the presentation of colloquia papers.
Objectives: Information not available
Assessment: Participation in weekly seminars, including short presentations (equivalent to 2,000 words, 25 per cent);

a presentation of a literature review in a clearly defined area of research (3,000 words, 37 per cent); and

a retrospective account of an aspect of science curriculum or research proposal which addresses a particular question which arose in the literature and in professional practice (3,000 words, 38 per cent).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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