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Teaching Primary Science and Technology PG (11338.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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This unit is designed to develop pre-service teachers' understanding of pedagogical content knowledge for Science teaching and Technology teaching. They are given opportunities to reflect on their own prior beliefs and attitudes to Science/Technology and Science/Technology teaching, the research and theories which underpin the teaching of Science/Technology, as well as the place and significance of Science and Technology within an inclusive whole school curriculum. Pre-service teachers are supported in the development of their understanding of the nature of science Technology and their role in society and the way this is reflected in the aims, structure and content of the Australian Curriculum. They further develop their understanding of how students learn with a particular focus on pedagogical inquiry approaches to teaching and learning in Science and Technology. They consider the diverse needs of learners when planning learning experiences so that all students may be supported in their learning. This unit will help pre-service teachers to develop an understanding of the role and importance of evidence, feedback and assessment within the teaching process. It will also help them to develop an awareness of the importance of professional reflection in the teaching process and the science education networks available to them to support their continued growth. Tasks throughout the unit will enable students to explore teaching practices across the different contexts of technologies in society, and apply knowledge in relation to the central concepts of computational thinking and design thinking. The exercise of ICT Capability in relation to the Technologies learning area will be integrated as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional reflection and the implications for improved student learning;

2. Recognise the aims, place and significance of science and technology education as part of an inclusive whole school curriculum;

3. Understand the nature of Science and Technology and their significance to everyday life;

4. Understand the rationale, aims, structure of the Australian Curriculum for Science and Technology and significance of Science and Technology Education as part of an inclusive whole school curriculum;

5. Demonstrate an appreciation of the research and theories that informs the teaching of Science/Technology in the contemporary classroom;

6. Develop content knowledge relevant to teaching K-6 Science and Technology;

7. Plan and develop for assessment using pedagogical approaches that meet the diverse of learners;

8. Appreciate the relationship of Science/Technology education to other key learning areas, cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities;

9. Plan and develop sequenced lessons using pedagogical approaches to suit particular affective needs, and conceptual and developmental stages; and

10. Develop an understanding of the use of ICT and community resources to engage, deepen and extend learning in science/technology.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 3 hour interactive workshop on campus per week.


This unit is only available to students in the Master of Primary Teaching course.



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