Science and Technology Education

Subject EDUC90376 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 06-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 14-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 13-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary)

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:


Dr Christine Redman


Subject Overview:

This subject will develop and consolidate teacher candidates’ understanding of major science concepts through an examination of children’s everyday experiences. This development in science conceptual understandings will occur through the dynamic exploration of phenomena such as weather, motion and food, and understandings of students’ motivations to learn science, and their curiosity about the natural world.

Teacher candidates will be introduced to key resources for science teaching in the form of activities, artefacts and technologies that will help them;

  1. plan for teaching science and technology concepts effectively in the classroom and
  2. respond to the learning needs, curiosity and interests of primary students.

Teacher candidates will also be assisted to design and test, and then evaluate and refine a sequential, balanced teaching unit in a particular science topic area for primary students. Teacher candidates will be assisted to become familiar with, and know how to utilise, the educational research that addresses science conceptual teaching challenges and appropriate pedagogical approaches that respond to the well - documented learning needs of primary aged students.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Explain key scientific concepts
  • Understand conceptual challenges in science
  • Develop appropriate curriculum approaches and materials that respond to student learning needs and interests
  • Appreciate the nature of science and its reliance on evidence
  • Plan and conduct effective science teaching in primary classrooms
  • Use Information and Communication Technologies that support science learning/teaching.

There are 2 assessment items:

  • Unit of work (2000 words) due mid semester (50%)
  • A 2000 word written assignment, end of semester (50%)

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Skamp, K. R. (Ed.) (2004). Teaching primary science constructively (2nd ed.). Melbourne: Thomson Learning
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of changes;
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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