This online unit, offered by Curtin University through Open Universities Australia, will teach you current primary school-level science educational techniques. In particular you will focus on hands-on, direct inquiry based learning. This means that you will discover how to encourage students to learn about science through their senses.
The Inquiry in the Science Classroom unit is up to date with current Australian curriculum requirements, and you will focus on creating a positive and interesting learning environment to help students study science. You will learn how to plan lessons, develop a number of teaching strategies and set and grade assessments in a primary school science classroom.
You will also have an in depth look at the current resources available to the science education sector and existing technologies which can be used in class. This unit has a particular interest in helping you help primary students improve their scientific knowledge and skills, and develop positive attitude to science which will also help them to make sense of the world around them.
Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program: You must either have successfully completed one of the following units before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in one the following units; or enrol in one of the following units to study at the same time or prior to this unit:
Teachers Inquiring About the World
Assessment for Learning
To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) through Curtin University.
Areas of study
In this science education unit, the topics you will study include:
Constructivism, alternative frameworks
National curriculum, SU, SIS, SHE
Teaching strategies, 5 E model
Assessment, report writing/li>
Science safety, classroom management
Programming and planning, 5 E model revisited
ICT and science, literacies of science, resources
Integrated science, resources
Excursions, review, revisit and reflect
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Bachelor of Education (Primary), 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.
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