EDUC5508 Integrated Studies: Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is delivered as a series of interactive workshops with an emphasis on developing science content knowledge, science pedagogy and improving students' attitudes towards science in early childhood settings and primary classrooms. Emphasis is placed on inquiry learning, utilising a 'hands-on, minds-on' approach to engage children. The role of evidence in science is discussed. The important place of prior knowledge in children's science learning is explored with an emphasis on the relationship between everyday concepts and scientific concepts. Students become familiar with the three curriculum strands: science understanding (biological sciences, chemical sciences, earth and space sciences, physical sciences); science inquiry skills; and science as a human endeavour of the Australian curriculum: science. Students also become familiar with the place of science within the Early Years Learning Framework. Students develop understanding of integrating mathematics with science. Students begin to develop a resource file and professional library as a means of developing their own science content knowledge.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate awareness that science knowledge and skills are developmental, and that this knowledge influences the planning of integrated units of work; (2) develop a rationale for teaching and learning early childhood and primary science which synthesises and critiques competing orientations and theoretical frameworks; (3) plan and evaluate student centred instructional sequences that incorporate appropriate teaching strategies and resources for early childhood and primary science for effective and engaging learning; (4) develop skills to evaluate, use and create resources for teaching and learning science, including information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other educational technologies taking into account the development and characteristics of children; (5) analyse and apply the appropriate science curriculum for early childhood and primary learners (Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, Science or the Early Years Learning Framework); (6) demonstrate sound specialist content knowledge in relation to teaching science to early childhood and primary learners; (7) demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies including informal, formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches when developing an integrated unit of work and associated moderation; (8) develop an awareness of diverse student learning needs through the planning of differentiated learning and the selection of differentiated resources; (9) communicate effectively and professionally (in writing, orally and non-verbally) with peers, university staff and other professionals; (10) demonstrate an ability to analyse, synthesise and apply cognitive, creative and technical knowledge and skills in early childhood and primary science; and (11) demonstrate understanding of teaching numeracy across the curriculum within a science context.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) planning and programming document and (2) assessment of prior knowledge. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the planning and programming document and assessment of prior knowledge components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christine Howitt
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Primary)
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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