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Unit Overview


This unit is part of the science specialisation and will assist preservice primary teachers to develop an advanced understanding of research-informed advanced pedagogical practices and content knowledge so that they can become future school leaders in the curriculum area of science. Preservice primary teachers will investigate the practices of science in both formal classroom and informal settings (eg science centres, universities and industry). Using historical and contemporary examples, they will build on their prior science education learning to understand how scientific knowledge is constructed. They will consider how scientific knowledge can be used ethically and responsibly to address global issues such as climate change, and food and water security. Preservice primary teachers will deepen their understanding of scientific careers across the physical, natural and medical sciences. Finally, they will understand how to develop a whole school science plan for P-Year 6 that encompasses safety, respect for living organisms and the environment, and inclusivity.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) communicate an awareness of the history and nature of science as a discipline and practice; (2) demonstrate an awareness of contemporary science careers and factors that limit participation by some groups of school students; (3) analyse the implications of the way that science is represented in digital and non-digital media; (4) construct a whole school science plan taking account of inclusivity, safety and resource availability; and (5) synthesise international research evidence in science education to teach science to P-Year 6 students in a variety of educational settings.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) whole school (P-6) plan; (2) oral presentation; and (3) media analysis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Vaille Dawson
Unit rules
Unit(s) EDUC1017 Teaching Early Years Science Unit(s) EDUC3012 Teaching Primary School Science
Enrolment in
Unit(s) SCOM2205 Science Presentations
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks
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  • 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.