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EES345 - Primary Science Education 1

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Offering information:

This unit commences in 2014

Enrolment modes:

(B, G, W)


Trimester 1

EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:G Chittleborough
Campus contact:

G Chittleborough (B), C Campbell (G), S Herbert (W)


Students must be enrolled in course E359

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 hours per week: 1 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial


This unit introduces students to contemporary principles and issues in the teaching of science, and extends their understandings and critical appreciation of science and its importance in primary school education. The unit will consist of content sequences designed to support students learning to clarify their own understandings of the nature of science and their own dispositions towards science learning, and to plan and implement effective teaching sequences. Engagement with children in small group teaching situations will occur at points designed to support and extend their understandings and skills in planning and teaching science.


The content will include:

  1. Key concepts in science drawn from physical, chemical, biological and earth sciences; investigative processes in science; and approaches to supporting students learn these concepts at different stages of primary schooling.
  2. Components of contemporary Australian science curricula and how these can be interwoven to design activity sequences that lead to quality learning in science.
  3. Science for a sustainable future; socially responsible scientific literacy; science-society-technology-environment interactions.
  4. Contemporary theories of learning in science including constructivist and conceptual change perspectives; the role of representation and modeling; scientific reasoning; and the nature of science.


Research Assignment 1, 1500 words, 40%

Research Assignment 2, 1000 words, 40%

Online Test, 1 hour, 20%


 Hurdle requirement - One day of field experience. Complete 2 science lessons in schools. Students will be required to document this day in their Field Day Portfolio.

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