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ED3092 - Science Education for Early Childhood

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Note: Lectures and tutorials for this subject are delivered by external mode only in LearnJCU. The subject is offered online requiring students to have access to the World Wide Web for participation in the subject. Students will be expected to conduct level 1 (safe) hands-on science activities at home using simple materials.

Science education is a key component of the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum. In this subject students develop their science technological and pedagogical and content knowledge with an emphasis on preparing to teach young learners from birth to Year 3. Students identify the skills, attitudes and concepts that form an early childhood science program and learn strategies appropriate to the teaching of science. Particular emphasis is given to inquiry-based learning suitable for the physical, social and intellectual development of young learners. Lectures and tutorials for this subject are delivered by external mode only. The subject is offered online requiring students to have access to the World Wide Web for participation in the subject. Students will be expected to conduct level 1 (safe) hands-on science activities at home using simple materials. Aspects of education for sustainability appropriate for young learners are also covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • become more confident as a learner and teacher of science;
  • appreciate the need for a robust science education program in the early childhood years;
  • become familiar with the Australian Curriculum: Science, the 5Es inquiry model and key science programs for young children;
  • be able to plan and conduct science lessons and units safely and integrating appropriate technology;
  • demonstrate understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at a developed level.
Prerequisites: 6 credit points of level 2 ED subjects
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
ED3192

Availabilities

JCU Singapore, Study Period 53, Internal
Census Date 26-Nov-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Hilary Whitehouse
Lecturer: Miss Grace Lum.
Assessment: short answer test (10%); science curriculum assignment (50%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Hilary Whitehouse
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Hilary Whitehouse, <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: short answer test (10%); science curriculum assignment (50%); centrally-administered final exam (40%).

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