EDU30002 Science and Technology

Unit code: EDU30002

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

In this unit, students build on their knowledge of the principles and practices of teaching and learning by applying them to the fields of science and technology. Students explore a range of strategies for assessing children's scientific understandings using knowledge of curricula, resources and teaching strategies to design and implement learning opportunities and lesson sequences which enhance the development of children's scientific thinking and enjoyment of science. Students use information and communication technologies as tools for learning and explore issues related to the use of technology in prior-to-school settings and school classrooms.

Content

  • The nature of science and scientific thinking
  • The fundamentals of technology – how things work
  • Attitudes and dispositions – a sense of wonder
  • Science experiences for children birth to eight years
  • Essential instructional content for teaching science and technology up to and including Grade 2
  • The use of ICT for communication purposes and for work preparation, presentation and implementation
  • Integrating science in the curriculum
  • Design and sequencing of tasks in teaching science and technology
  • Enquiry-based and problem-solving approaches
  • Dealing with diversity and individual differences
  • Maintaining a safe and challenging learning environment in school-based science classes
  • Tools and practices for assessing, recording and reporting on children’s learning in science and technology
  • Using ICT to facilitate children’s learning
  • Federal and State departmental policy documents relating to teaching science and technology and their implications for teaching