ECE705 - Early Childhood STEM

Year:

2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2021

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

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

Students commencing in 2021 must be enrolled in course E761 or E764 

Prerequisite:

Students must pass 2 units from: EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPR761 or EPR771

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

ECE763

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

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, independent study and 1 x 3 hour scheduled face to face workshop per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks)

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester

In-person attendance requirements

Students who are completing professional experience placements are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchoronous sessions during the placement.

Note:

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

Content

In this unit, students will examine the role of inquiry as incorporating scientific and mathematics learning content and thinking, providing opportunities for children to explore their theories and questions about how the world works and encouraging children to develop early dispositions towards STEM-based disciplinary learning.

The unit will emphasise STEM as an integrated approach to learning that engages children’s playful exploration of, and questions about, natural phenomena, systems and materials in their everyday experiences, and therefore drives children’s investigation and experimentation as they modify their environment and find out how things work.

The critical role of the educator’s disciplinary specific knowledge of mathematics and science in creating opportunity rich environments and developing, enriching and sustaining children’s more complex disciplinary learning will be emphasised, and the core disciplinary knowledge required for this will be developed.

Unit Fee Information

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