EES245 - Primary Science Education 1


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

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

Students must be enrolled in course E200, E359 or E330


Students enrolled in course E359 must have passed 5 credit points at level 1

Students enrolled in course E200 must have passed at least 2 units from EAD110, EAD111 and EAD113

Students enrolled in E330, NIL



Incompatible with:

EES240, EES345

Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


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


This unit introduces students to contemporary principles and issues in the teaching of science, and extends their understandings and critical appreciation of science and its importance in primary school education. The unit will consist of content sequences designed to support students learning to clarify their own understandings of the nature of science and their own dispositions towards science learning, and to plan and implement effective teaching sequences. Engagement with children in small group teaching situations will occur at points designed to support and extend their understandings and skills in planning and teaching science.

The content will include:

  1. Key concepts in science drawn from physical, chemical, biological and earth sciences; investigative processes in science; and approaches to supporting students learn these concepts at different stages of primary schooling.
  2. Components of contemporary Australian science curricula and how these can be interwoven to design activity sequences that lead to quality learning in science.
  3. Science for a sustainable future; socially responsible scientific literacy; science-society-technology-environment interactions.
  4. Contemporary theories of learning in science including constructivist and conceptual change perspectives; the role of representation and modeling; scientific reasoning; and the nature of science.

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