Learning Area: Sci & Technology 3(Adv)

Subject EDUC40008 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, on-campus.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A total of 36 hours, and assigned tasks in a school designated by the Faculty
Total Time Commitment: Not available

485-355 Learning Area: Sci & Technology 2 (Adv), or approved equivalent studies

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Mr David Williams


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview:

Students undertake investigation of curriculum resources available for teaching particular science topics, including written materials, multimedia, computer software and industry and community support services; a case study of the understanding and learning of a selected science concept by children at primary school level; and the design, implementation and evaluation of a science unit or a science project related to the local school community extending over at least six hours in a primary school. The major ideas in the current literature on children's understandings of science concepts and the methods by which they may be probed are introduced.

Objectives: Information not available

There are 3 assessment tasks for this subject.

* A task related to assessment of children’s project work in science (about 1000 words) (20%) due mid semester
* A task related to teaching a science unit of work (about 3000 words) (60%) due end of semester
* A literature review of probes of children’s conceptual understanding (20%) (about 2000 words) (due end of semester)

Prescribed Texts:

Prescribed Texts:

Reading guides will be provided at the beginning of the course of study.

  • Curriculum and Standards Framework II: Science (Board of Studies), 2000
  • Science: A Curriculum Profile for Australian Schools (Australian Education Council), Curriculum Corporation, 1994
  • Teaching Primary Science (J Faire & M Cosgrove), University of Waikato, 1988
  • Making Sense of Our World: An Interactive Teaching Approach (F Biddulph & R Osborne (eds)), University of Waikato, 1984
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available


Special requirement: Participation in weekly seminars, including short presentations on contract work in educational settings as arranged.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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