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ECE220 - Science 1: Science and Environmental Awareness for Young Children

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Coral Campbell


Must have passed 5 credit points at level 1


Students must be enrolled in course E330

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. Students are also required to attend 3 x 3 hour intensives.


The content is organised around key science concepts cognitively appropriate for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. 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 through play.

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 applied through play, how young children develop their scientific and environmental understandings.


Task 1: Portfolio activities, 20%, equivalent 800 words

Task 2: Probing children's understandings, 30%, 1200 words

Task 3: Research activity and report, 50%, 2000 words

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