This is the second of four units in the B. Ed. (Primary) program that prepare students to teach the Science and Technology K-6 curriculum area. This unit of study provides students with a background in science and children's understanding of science in the areas of the natural world (Living Things, materials, force, energy, and Earth and space), the built environment (engineering principles and systems, food and fibre production and material technologies) and digital technologies (digital systems and how digital technologies represent data). A constructivist approach is used to understand the way children (and adults) develop science understanding including alternative conceptions. This will involve students reflecting on and enhancing their personal scientific understanding. Educational research into children's development of science understanding and dispositions towards Science and Technology practices will continue to be explored. Progressing to stage 1 of school, this unit examines pedagogy and learning experiences appropriate for year 1 and year 2 children's learning of Science and Technology. Students will participate in hands-on practical tasks and discuss the development of conceptual understanding and skills including scientific inquiry (processes of working scientifically), design and production processes (development of solutions) and design and productions (of digital solutions). Catering to the learning of all students will be addressed through consideration of adjustments to teaching and assessment strategies in the area of science and technology.
1x1hr lecture/wk for 12 weeks, 1x2hr workshop/wk for 12 weeks
1x1800wd Reading responses (30%), 1x1800wd Question sequence (30%), 1x2400wd Quiz (40%)
EDUP1005 or EDUP1004Co-requisites
EDUP2005, EDUP2009, EDUP2010Prohibitions