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Pre-service teachers will develop their scientific literacy and science inquiry skills as they are introduced to the wonder of science. Pre-service teachers will become familiar with the structure and content of the three strands of the Western Australian science curriculum from pre-primary to year 2. The three strands are: (1) science understanding (biological, chemical, physical and earth and space sciences), (2) science inquiry skills and (3) science as a human endeavour. Pre-service teachers will come to understand how young children learn and develop positive attributes about science (e.g., curiosity, confidence and enthusiasm) through play, exploration and investigation both in formal and informal contexts. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to use effective and inclusive teaching strategies such as play-based learning, hands-on exploration, guided investigations, and cooperative group work. A variety of ways of assessing young children's science learning and communication skills will be practised. Contemporary early years science resources that integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in real life contexts will be examined.
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 1 core unit in the Primary Education major sequence
Students are able to (1) identify how young children learn unfamiliar concepts to explain the world around them; (2) use WA science curriculum documents from F-2 to plan a learning sequence at an appropriate level; (3) compare and contrast a range of effective and inclusive child-centred and concrete strategies used in early years science
; (4) demonstrate how to use different assessment types (diagnostic, formative and summative) to monitor and progress young children's learning; (5) demonstrate familiarity with a range of ways to develop young children's scientific communication skills; and (6) critique early years STEM resource used both within and outside the science classroom.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz; (2) lesson plans; and (3) teaching program. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- 30 hours
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
- Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.
Face to face
Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Not available for self-enrolment. Students access this mode by contacting their student office through AskUWA. 100% Online Unit.
NO campus face-to-face attendance. All study and assessment requirements are online only. Unit includes some timetabled activities, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. In exceptional cases (noted in the Handbook) students may be required to participate in face-to-face laboratory classes when a return to UWA’s Crawley campus becomes possible in order to be awarded a final grade.
No attendance or regular contact is required, and all study requirements are completed either via correspondence and/or online submission.
Regular attendance is not required, but student attends the institution face to face on an agreed schedule for purposes of supervision and/or instruction.
Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.