On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Evaluate examples of teaching practice in science to identify how connections are made to students’ prior knowledge or experience to promote learning and inform pedagogical practice.
- Access/evaluate and apply professional literature on contemporary science education to develop a rationale for learning design.
- Analyse and incorporate content that recognises the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the science classroom.
- Select teaching and learning strategies that promote higher order thinking and scaffold students’ understanding of core concepts in the areas of Biological and Earth and Space sciences.
- Create learning resources in which learner engagement is transformed by the use of ICT for collaboration and inquiry.
This unit includes outcomes incorporating focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers which must be demonstrated at Graduate Level for Professional Registration. Specifically, the outcomes focus on the following standards from the Professional Knowledge and Professional Practice domains:
Standard 1: Know students and how they learn;
Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it;
Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning; and
Standard 4: Create and maintain safe and supportive learning environments.
Assessment develops discipline-specific knowledge from the Science learning area for demonstration of the following focus area descriptors: 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6, 3.3, 3.4 and 4.1. This knowledge will be built on and applied during work-integrated learning placements in educational settings throughout the course of study to support collection of evidence of meeting these standards at Graduate level.