EDED14355 - STEM Education and Engagement
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

It is well recognised that future generations require strong educational foundations in order to navigate our changing world. The renewed national focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in primary school education will ensure that young Australians become equipped with the necessary STEM skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in a changing world. STEM education refers collectively to the teaching of the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and also to a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching that increases student interest in STEM related fields and improves students’ problem solving and critical analysis skills. In this unit, you will build on the knowledge acquired in previous science, technology and mathematics units. You will apply problem based learning theory and pedagogical principles that underpin inquiry approaches and collaboration to design, conduct and evaluate first hand investigations in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics areas applicable to primary school classrooms. You will consolidate your knowledge in STEM disciplines and develop your pedagogical skills to increase student engagement and participation in STEM.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

EDCU12038 Teaching for Mathematical Proficiency

EDCU12039 Digital and Design Technologies

EDCU12040 Biological and Earth and Space Sciences

EDCU13020 Mathematics Curriculum

EDCU13017 Chemical and Physical Sciences

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Noosa
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Design and conduct first hand investigations in science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  2. Apply the principles of scientific inquiry to design STEM learning experiences
  3. Evaluate examples of STEM projects and identify real world situations
  4. Implement teaching strategies that are learner centered and can support learners including those with diverse educational needs.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level)

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.2 Content selection and organisation

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICTs)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.3 Use teaching strategies

3.4 Select and use resources

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLinda Pfeiffer (l.pfeiffer@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

STEM literature

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 2 13-03-2017

PBL and inquiry approaches

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Research design and first-hand investigations

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Science, technology and mathematics reviewed

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Engineering principles

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

STEM lesson design

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Written Assessment Due Thursday (20 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Project design for engagement activities

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 8 01-05-2017

STEM experts and collaboration

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Evaluation of STEM projects

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Differentiation and learner-centred approaches

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 11 22-05-2017

STEM variations

Details of weekly readings can be found on Moodle.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Unit Review

Practical and Written Assessment Due Thursday (01 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

This assessment task requires you to plan and conduct a first-hand investigation in the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics area. The investigation involves carrying out your own experiment to collect your own data. The investigation must follow an action research design and include background (literature review), methodology, data collection, data analysis and conclusion linking to real-world situations. Further information about the assessment including ideas for investigations will be provided on the Moodle site and throughout weekly content. The investigation will follow the CSIRO CREST Award design (Creativity in Science and Technology) for pre-service teachers.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Thursday (20-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback on this assessment response will be provided in sufficient time to allow for academic support and advice as necessary to inform students' responses to the next task.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Deep knowledge and understanding of chosen problem through the use of background research.

Clear, logical and coherent methodology design.

Appropriate data collection techniques explained and employed.

Extensive data analysis presented.

Comprehensive conclusion linking to real-world situations.

Cohesive writing consistent with academic conventions. Extensive use of relevant and credible sources for

explanation of concepts.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) demonstrated:

1.2 Understand how students learn

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICTs)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Design and conduct first hand investigations in science, technology, engineering or mathematics

2. Apply the principles of scientific inquiry to design STEM learning experiences

3. Evaluate examples of STEM projects and identify real world situations

4. Implement teaching strategies that are learner centered and can support learners including those with diverse educational needs.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

You are required to collaborate with STEM experts in their fields to develop a STEM event in which learner engagement is transformed by the use of hands-on approaches utilising learner-centeredness and is applied across a range of abilities.The STEM event will be designed for learners from diverse backgrounds for a one hour session. The one hour time slot can be broken down into shorter 10 - 15 minute "stations" if you choose. A STEM event, for example, could be a session conducted in your school hall during science week where the learners might investigate buoyancy by designing, building and testing a boat using aluminium foil.

Develop a design in which inquiry approaches are used to support and enhance student-centred, authentic and problem-based learning. The STEM event details need to be presented as a portfolio in an online format such as a weebly, wix, wiki or webpage with links to the event activity details, teacher resources explaining the STEM content, expert contacts, real-world applications, a budget, sample student consent forms, detailed schedule and resources needed. Examples of past STEM events and ideas will be available on the Moodle site and throughout the weekly content.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Thursday (01-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Feedback on this assessment response will be provided in sufficient time to allow for academic support and advice as necessary to inform students' responses to the next task.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Comprehensive use of hands-on and authentic approaches.

Deep knowledge and understanding of STEM content.

Highly developed range of strategies for differentiation.

Appropriate use of ICTs.

Extensive portfolio including activity sessions, teacher resources, sample budget, consent forms, schedule and resources. Cohesive writing consistent with academic conventions.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) demonstrated:

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific needs of students across the full range of abilities

1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICTs)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Design and conduct first hand investigations in science, technology, engineering or mathematics

2. Apply the principles of scientific inquiry to design STEM learning experiences

3. Evaluate examples of STEM projects and identify real world situations

4. Implement teaching strategies that are learner centered and can support learners including those with diverse educational needs.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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