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Science Education Internship (9898.3)

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


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Students participating in the Science Education Internship will examine their own perceptions of science and broaden their understandings about how to lead, plan for and teach in this area, by utilising the Australian Science Curriculum (F-6). Students will explore different teaching, learning and communicative approaches to science education in the school context and by working with various external scientific institutions through an internship placement. Students will explore the contemporary issues in science education and how these impact on the teaching of science in primary school setting. Students will engage with technological and scientific learning from the perspective of science as a human endeavour via understanding the place of the environment, Indigeneity, gender, information management, and design systems.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Enhance their approach to teaching science and understand the implications of this approach for children's learning;

2. Increase their understanding of the required teaching processes for science plus the concepts identified in the Australian Science Curriculum (F-6);

3. Improve their understanding of the nature of science, its relationship to everyday life and its social contexts;

4. Recognise the aims, place and significance of science education within an inclusive whole school curriculum;

5. Develop an appreciation of the contemporary issues in science education;

6. Enrich their understanding of the role that scientific institutions play in the teaching and learning of science; and

7. Heighten their confidence and interest in teaching science to primary school students.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week.


9899 Scientific Principles;
9867 Creative Science Specialist;
9889 The Practice (PCK) of Teaching Science AND
Must have completed 48 credit points.


Enrolment in the Bachelor of Primary Education (STEM), 322JA.

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