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ESS744 - Science: Curriculum Study

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

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

(For students enrolled in course E760 only)

Unit chair:P Hubber

A sub-major sequence in one area of science or an approved equivalent.

Incompatible with:

EME213, EME444, ESS244, ESS444

Contact hours:

3 hours per week or equivalent


Topics to be addressed in this unit include:
•    Lesson planning in science;
•    The nature of science and rationale for teaching it;
•    Research into students’ understandings of science and implications for teaching science;
•    Contemporary understandings about students’ learning of science;
•    Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) structure as it relates to the teaching of science.
•    The Nature of Science and implications for the teaching and learning of science – models and representations in science, and argumentation;
•    Assessing the development of students’ understandings and skills in science;
•    Teaching and learning strategies to support students’ understandings in science;
•    Planning and management of practical science learning activities;
•    Scientific literacy and literacies of science; and
•    Applications of ICT in the science classroom.


Review and Presentation of a Teaching Resource 20%

Review and presentation of a teaching resource found in the science teaching journal literature. (1000 words)

Concept Mapping Task 20%    

Construction of a concept map of a set of prescribed science education pedagogical terms.

Development of a Science Learning and Teaching Unit  60%

A full planning document that provides details of the teaching of a complete science topic taught in Years 7-10. (3000 words)

Prescribed texts

Venville, G & Dawson, V 2004, The Art of Teaching Science, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

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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