Infants, toddlers and young children are naturally curious about the world around them; questioning, making assumptions and conducting experiments through to determine how things work. A major aim of the unit will be to develop in students the skills and confidence to plan, implement and evaluate children's science learning experiences in play-based contexts. This unit will assist students to help infants, toddlers and young children gain a foundational understanding of scientific concepts and technology as part of their everyday world. Understanding the importance of care and sustainability of the environment should begin at an early age. Students will consider strategies to foster environmental awareness in young children to promote lifelong care attitudes. Students will be encouraged to examine their own scientific experiences, conceptions, and knowlege as means to better understand the emerging scientific conceptions of young children.
1x1hr lecture/wk and 1x2hr workshop/wk for 12 weeks
Presentation 1000wd (25%); Portfolio 2000wd (50%); Essay 1500wd (25%)
42 credit points including EDUF1019 and EDEC1005 and EDEC1006Prohibitions