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ECE402 - Promoting Science and Environmental Awareness

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Offering information:

To enrol in this unit, please contact Student Services team


Pipelining from 2014 - for continuing students only

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student mjust be enrolled in course E420 or E421

Unit chair:

Coral Campbell





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: Students are required to attend 3 x 3 hour intensives


The content is organised around key science concepts developed by babies, toddlers and pre-school children as well as in the early years of schooling. A range of issues are addressed: science understandings relevant to the early childhood settings, the nature of science and its relationship to society and the environment, the nature of learning in science and the environment, teaching approaches and strategies for linking science with the other curriculum areas, assessing children's understandings, contemporary issues in curriculum provision and the teaching of science and the environment.


Aspects of science that are relevant to early childhood and primary educators are presented - for example, investigation of living things, materials, properties of water, air, electricity and magnetism, light, sound. Environmental concepts are integrated throughout the program. This unit will identify teaching approaches and strategies for supporting learning in early childhood settings. It will demonstrate, through practical activities, how young children develop their scientific and environmental understandings.


Portfolio activities: Students prepare a detailed portfolio of activities, comprising their individual and/or group responses to set tasks within each topic, 20%


Probing children's understandings: This is a report based on an interview with young children to determine their existing understandings of science or the natural environment. Students should note that they will need access to children aged between 3 and 7 for this activity, 30%


Teaching for Quality Learning in Science: This is a report that documents the development of a series of science activities which will be undertaken with a small group of children. The report will contain an analysis of children's developing understandings, an assessment of the teaching strategies employed and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the unit of work, 50%


Assessment will total 4000 words or equivalent.

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