Primary Science Education 2

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Primary Science Education 2

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Elementary Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Restriction: Student must be in program 1049 B Education - Primary

    Successful completion of 2019EDN Primary Science Education 1 is needed before taking 3029EPS Primary Science Education 2.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course examines selected primary science curriculum materials; the role of environmental education in primary schools; and further develops computer skills in the primary science classroom. The interrelationships between science, technology and society will be explored as will the importance of science in dealing with global impacts. Relevant concepts and manipulative skills are developed to promote the effective teaching of the biological, space and earth sciences in an integrated manner.
    Course Introduction
    This course is designed to extend students? knowledge of science pedagogy, pedagogical content knowledge, current curriculum documents, and planning and assessment associated with primary science.
    Course Aims
    3029EDN Primary Science Education 2 is the second of two core Primary Science courses required for
    the Bachelor of Primary Education program. It has been designed to extend and further develop the
    learning experiences gained through the completion of 2019EDN.
    This course will develop student knowledge and understanding of current curriculum documents, planning
    to teach and assess primary science, and to develop associated pedagogical content knowledge. Specific
    attention will be given to thinking about science education in the context of how children learn, with focus
    given to Earth and Space Science, Biological Science and Science as a Human Endeavour.
    Students will develop and share resource based activities and lessons. Students will demonstrate their conceptual understanding of teaching at the primary science level.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe and apply understanding of key foundational scientific concepts and processes required for the successful teaching of science across the primary years of schooling.
    2 Critically discuss the nature of science and the impact of science on our society.
    3 Develop an understanding of appropriate primary science philosophies and teaching strategies (including ICTs) underpinned by constructivist/inquiry based learning theories and a recognition of learners' alternative conceptions.
    4 Demonstrate an understanding of the Australian primary science curriculum documents and processes.
    5 Identify and discuss factors involved in planning engaging, safe and challenging primary science lessons and units that value the diversity of learners within a classroom.
    6 Identify and discuss effective assessment strategies for primary science students that align with the Australian curriculum requirements.
    7 Learn how to assist primary school children to be problem solvers and decision makers, to build upon their own interests, beliefs and explanations.
    8 Expand his/her understanding of learners, learning theory, and approaches that diverse individuals use to construct knowledge.
    9 Demonstrate a desire for life long learning through reflective practice.
    10 Plan assessment strategies that measure student outcomes and provide feedback to the students, school and parents.
    11 Understand and analyse science and science education within broader society.
    12 Explore concepts associated with environmental education and sustainability.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Practice-based Assignment
    Weird and Wonderful science


    Exam - constructed response
    Quiz and Examination


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.