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This subject will develop and consolidate Teacher Candidates’ understanding of major science concepts through examination of children’s everyday experiences and application of the Clinical Teaching Model. Teacher Candidates will engage in rich problem solving and learn how to identify and utilise valid and reliable data, such that they develop teaching strategies that support students to engage in robust scientific inquiry capable of being critiqued by their peers. The teaching of inquiry teaching strategies will occur through the development of science pedagogies throughout the exploration and investigation of the science content areas of biological, physical, chemical, space and earth sciences and Science as a Human Endeavour. This subject references the Australian/Victorian Curricula.
A major focus for the subject will be on developing Teacher Candidates’ abilities to support students to undertake scientific inquiry. Teacher Candidates will be introduced to the 5E framework and develop and understanding of how to construct cohesive lesson sequences supporting student growth in science content areas. Throughout their workshops, students will work in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and develop a deep understanding of the roles and responsibilities of PLCs when planning for Science. Throughout their exploration they will consider a variety of approaches for utilising inquiry as a pedagogical framework. Teacher Candidates investigate common science alternative conceptions and how to support students to realign their thinking. Teacher Candidates will further their ability to assess their students’ by reading current best practice literature in the field of education and linking that theory with teaching when on placement in schools.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:
- Apply understanding of content knowledge relating to biological, chemical, physical, earth and space sciences and effective differentiated teaching strategies to promote science learning from Foundation to Grade 6.
- Employ evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies and knowledge of the three interrelated strands of the Victorian science curriculum (science understanding, science as a human endeavour, and science inquiry skills) to design learning sequences and lesson plans.
- Plan, structure, sequence, assess and evaluate science learning programs, using knowledge of student learning to set challenging goals to develop an understanding of biological, chemical, physical, earth and space science content, and use pedagogical approaches within inquiry frameworks.
- Select and integrate a range of resources, including safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT, into learning sequences and plans to expand science learning opportunities for students.
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.
- Critical and creative thinking.
- Creativity and innovation.
- Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base.
- Reflection for continuous improvement.
- Linking theory and practice.
- Inquiry and research.
- Active and participatory citizenship.
- Ethical and intercultural understanding.
Last updated: 25 November 2021