Learning Science in the 21st Century

Subject 485-622 (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:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Subject Overview: In this subject, students will examine research findings on children's learning in science, theoretical frameworks for understanding the learning process, teaching approaches that facilitate meaningful learning, and methods appropriate to researching the learning and teaching of science. The opportunities presented by electronic information processing applications will be critically considered. Questions raised by such technologies about curriculum content and the selection of learning activities, as well as implications for issues such as assessment and equity will be discussed. Students will apply the new insights they develop to the design of a teaching sequence and/or a class-room based research project.
Objectives: Information not available
Assessment: Participation in weekly seminars (via class discussion, or Online communication, as arranged) (10 per cent);

a critical review of the literature on children's learning in science, relevant theories of learning and approaches to researching science learning (3,000 words, 30 per cent);

an examination of the applications for technology in science teaching (1,500 words, 20 per cent); development and presentation of either : a lesson sequence and reflective commentary or a proposal for a classroom based research project (3,000 words , 40 per cent).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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