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EES540 - Primary Science Education

Year2015 unit information
Offering information:

Pipelining from 2011 - for continuing students only.

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):.75
EFTSL value:0.094
Cohort rule:

(Only offered to students commencing from 2007)

Unit chair:W Jobling




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


In this unit students will expand their understanding of current principles and issues in the teaching of science and its links with technology, and to extend their understandings and critical appreciation of the nature of science and technology, and its personal and social relevance. 

In addition, the unit will prepare students for professional experience in science and technology. The focus will be on student learning and understandings, and teaching strategies to support these. Students will critically engage with current initiatives, including state curriculum documents and policies together with national and global initiatives. Through participation in structured activities and reflections based on these, and through participation in group online discussions, students will consider their own knowledge and response to science and technology. The use of information communication technologies as essential learning for the changing nature of schooling for the 21st century is another focus for student participation in the unit.


There are two major assignments for this unit and an online forum task:

Online forum task: management of an online discussion forum based around a commentary on teaching and learning issues (400 words, 8%)

Assignment 1: Exploring children's learning in science. This assignment is based on an activity with children in which understandings, and the role of questioning, are explored (1600 words, 32%)

Assignment 2: Science teaching research task. In this task a science based teaching unit is designed that incorporates a range of aspects of science related pedagogy including the use of ICT, science processes and inclusive practices (3000 words, 60%)

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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