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EDUP1005: Primary Science and Technology 1

This is the first of four units in the BEd (Primary) program that prepare students to teach the Science and Technology K-6 curriculum area. This unit of study provides students with a background in science and children's understanding of science in the areas of The Natural Environment (Living Things, Ways things move, and environmental changes) and the Made Environment (properties of material objects, purpose of products, places and spaces). A neuroconstructivist approach is adopted to understand the way children (and adults) develop science conceptions including alternative conceptions. This will involve students reflecting on and enhancing their own scientific understanding. Educational research into children's development of science understanding and dispositions towards Science and Technology practices is introduced. Commencing with the earliest year of school this unit examines pedagogy and learning experiences appropriate for young children's learning of Science and Technology. While the unit focuses on learning through experiential tasks with familiar objects, it also emphasises development of conceptual understanding and skills in working scientifically and technologically.

Code EDUP1005
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. promote awareness of the contribution of scientific and technological developments to people's daily lives and to the overall personal and social development of children
  • LO2. devise appropriate learning experiences for children at different developmental levels to guide their development of skills in: science - scientific inquiry (process of working scientifically), and technologies: - design and production processes (development of solutions) and design and production (of digital solutions)
  • LO3. explore and evaluate teaching resources including ICT to effectively engage and support young children’s learning in science and technology
  • LO4. read and interpret syllabus and curriculum documents to identify required learning outcomes for early stage 1 students
  • LO5. critically reflect on research findings and identify implications for teaching and learning practice
  • LO6. recall and explain relevant science and technology concepts
  • LO7. communicate effectively by using written communication skills to a professional standard.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.