ECE380 - Inquiry Into Science Curriculum


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

2023 and 2024:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

From 2025:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

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

Students must be enrolled in course E330, E333 or E334


Students enrolled in course E330 must have completed unit ECE220

Students enrolled in course E333 and E334 must have completed units ECE212, ECE220 and ECP228



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour online workshop per non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks), 1 x conference per trimester

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1-hour online workshop per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks) and 2 x 1-hour online class per trimester, 1 x conference per trimester

In-person attendance requirements

The unit also includes a professional experience placement (15-days).

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*Community Based Delivery (CBD) refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute


Students will deeply explore the relationship between curriculum, policy and professional teacher standards in early childhood and primary school contexts. An inquiry will be undertaken as part of this unit into science curriculum and teaching pedagogies to develop a sequence of lesson plans that can be delivered in a kindergarten or primary school classroom.

In their exploration of the science curriculum, students will examine the historical, political and regulatory influences on science content and teaching approaches. Their inquiry will focus on aspects of teaching science understanding and science inquiry skills, with deep consideration of teaching strategies that will support learners from kindergarten to grade 6, and how the use of resources impacts teaching methods.

Hurdle requirement

Brief summary of hurdle requirement Rationale Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
15-days of professional experience placement in an early childhood or primary school classroom. Successful completion of practical teaching experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institute of Teaching and ACECQA. ECE380 has a professional experience component of 15 days embedded and as such, the academic tasks and practical teaching knowledge and competencies must be successfully completed in order to pass this unit. If students do not pass either the practicum or assessment parts of this unit, the entire unit, including placement will need to be repeated. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork

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