2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Final year of offer 2020
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 3-hour seminar per week
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3-hours per week undertaking weekly tasks within the cloud site
This unit aims to develop in students an understanding of the place of practical activities in school science and strategies the effective use of a wide range of resources in the contemporary science curriculum.
The topics to be addressed in this unit include: Productive use of excursions and incursions in science, laboratory management policies and procedures, legal responsibilities of the science teacher; preparation and storage of laboratory chemicals and biological materials; ways of using community science resources including local industry and government agencies; field work in science; using web based resources; strategies for the effective preparation and presentation of teachers' demonstrations; strategies for the effective use of a range of equipment, including learning technologies such as data-logging, computers and graphic calculators: strategies for the effective preparation and management of laboratory activities undertaken by students; formative and summative assessment of practical activities; and research related to the effective use of practical activities in science learning.
The unit assumes a basic level of competence in the use of learning technologies and will require the student to engage in regular electronic conferences and other web-based learning activities.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge , with depth of understanding of:
Demonstrate capacity to research and reflect critically on professional practice and the scholarship of teaching
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Employ effective interpersonal, oral, written and electronic communication skills with peers and students. Design, implement, communicate and evaluate professional practices that establish positive and inclusive learning environments that contribute to student engagement and motivation
Select, evaluate and use a range of digital teaching and learning tools and resources to support student engagement and learning in science and in accordance with responsible and ethical practice
GLO3: Digital literacy
Evaluate and synthesise information relating to student learning, using formative and summative assessment data, taking into consideration contemporary theories of curriculum and pedagogy to make judgments about the use of appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies. Implement, analyse, evaluate and adapt a range of curricula and learning activities in response to the needs of students
GLO4: Critical thinking
Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills in order to research, analyse, develop, implement, evaluate and communicate responses to a range of problems affecting student learning and to the development of inclusive and supportive learning environments
GLO5: Problem solving
Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and initiative in researching practice and in deepening professional skills and knowledge of contemporary science educational issues
Work in teams to negotiate, produce and communicate quality-teaching resources to others
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ESS415 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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