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Engaging Children in Science

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

This online unit provided by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University covers the theoretical and practical aspects of engaging children with nature and the science of the world around them. Whilst studying this Engaging Children with Science unit, you will learn about the key concepts that underpin basic scientific understanding, including environmental science and sustainability. You will have the chance to appraise pedagogical approaches for teaching early years science.

The unit is ideally suited to primary school teachers and will give you the chance to design effective and impactful learning experiences, suitable for children from a range of sociocultural backgrounds.



To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants must have completed one of the following mandatory units:

  • Teachers Inquiring About the World; OR
  • Effective Communication: Academic and Professional Contexts

Applicants must also be accepted into the following course:

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this Engaging Children with Science unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Science curriculum: Australian curriculum and EYLF
  • Science curriculum, early years and learning theory
  • Creating a learning environment to support children's wonder and interest in their world
  • Strategies to teach Science as a human endeavour
  • Planning science experiences for diverse learners
  • Science inquiry skills and inquiry-based teaching strategies - incorporating technology
  • Developing science understandings through curiosity and investigation
  • Integrating science with other learning areas, include strategies for using technology for learning
  • Communicating science predictions, observations and understandings
  • Managing the learning environment: Group work and learning centres
  • Teaching resources for science education
  • Observing, assessing, documenting and reporting learning
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

This online unit will provide you with a thorough grounding in the implementation of early years science teaching. Your own scientific literacy will be developed, as you learn about the most important aspects of engaging young minds with science.

As you continue through the unit, you will understand more about different learning styles, and how to prepare engaging lesson plans for children with different educational needs and backgrounds. You will also develop an in-depth knowledge of assessment and reporting on learning outcomes providing you with a solid basis on which to start a teaching career.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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