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ECE763 - Science and Environmental Awareness

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Credit point(s):1

Trimester 2

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:C Campbell
Campus contact:

C Campbell (G), W Jobling (B)


Must be enrolled in course E760.

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 hours per week or equivalent


Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.


This unit provides students with key pedagogical and theoretical knowledge related to the teaching of science and environmental understandings to children in early childhood educational settings. Students will engage with relevant curriculum documents and develop teaching strategies appropriate to the teaching of science and environmental understanding.


1. Probing Children's understandings, 1800 words 30%
2. Teaching for Quality Learning in Science and other disciplines - Research Reports, 3000 words 50%

In this assignment, your task is to observe the normal practice in an early childhood centre. With educators linking their practice to the new Frameworks, you are to look for how they have incorporated this into practice.
Across several weeks, select two or three examples of children exhibiting new learning through play.  This learning can be related to science, the environment or another discipline area. This play can be with or without an adult present.  Try to select 3 illustrations which are quite different in the activity or type of play occurring and also in the nature of the learning that occurs.
Post on CloudDeakin a 300 word piece about each ’ illustration’ so that other students in the unit can picture the type of learning-through-play which you have described. Remember to describe: what the children are doing, who are involved, what they are saying, what others are saying to them.  Include the evidence which shows this learning.
In addition, you are expected to respond to at least 3 posts by other students to elaborate or draw attention to where this links to the EYLF and what promoted those learning opportunities eg resources, teacher questions, teacher scaffolding, children as peer tutors, question stimulus. Be clear about the interplay between the tasks, resources and the learning.

The six posts, equivalent to 1800-2000 words, will be assessed on the quality of the response and how it attends to the above requirements.  The time taken for your observations and your anecdotal notes will comprise the equivalent of the additional 1000 words.


3. Four tutorial/On-line responses, 1200 words 20%

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