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|Offered at:||(B) (G,X-WEXP) (W,X-WEXP)|
|Cohort rule:||(For students enrolled in courses E420 or E421 only)|
|Unit chair:||C Campbell|
|Contact hours:||The Early Childhood Course at Burwood (City Program) requires the students to attend on a weekly basis i.e. Full-time students attend on a Thursday and Friday throughout the trimester, and Part-time students attend on a Friday throughout the trimester. The students undertaking the Rural Program out of Geelong and Warrnambool undertake the majority of their studies off-campus but attend Intensives 3 times a trimester for 2 days (Full-time students) and 1 day (Part-time students).|
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.
Three assessments: 20%, 30%, 50%
Task 1: Portfolio activities. Students prepare a detailed portfolio of activities, comprising their individual and/or group responses to set tasks within each topic (20%)
Task 2: 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%).
Task 3: 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.
Unit Fee Information
|Student Contribution Rate*||Student Contribution Rate**||Student Contribution Rate***||Fee rate - Domestic Students||Fee rate - International students|
* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.