TEAC 7122 Science for Contemporary Learners

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102485

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Description The purpose of this unit is for students to investigate how primary-age children think scientifically and develop knowledge of the natural world, and explore constructivist strategies for teaching primary science aligned to current reform efforts. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the essential features of inquiry-based pedagogies, scientific practices, and the role of creativity, coding, and technology in teaching and learning science. Students will apply their understandings of learning and constructivist pedagogies to the design of a series of primary science lessons.

School Education

Discipline Teacher Education: Primary

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in 1845 Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Education.

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of primary learners’ cognitive development, features of positive classroom environments, and outcomes of the primary science syllabus is desirable.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss how young learners develop knowledge to explain the natural world
  2. Evaluate alternative conceptions related to primary science topics
  3. Synthesize research-based strategies for confronting alternative conceptions
  4. Apply inquiry-based pedagogical models to primary technology syllabus outcomes
  5. Design primary science learning experiences that incorporate creativity, coding, and authentic scientific practices
  6. Integrate appropriate technologies into primary science instruction

Subject Content

1. Understanding big ideas in the primary science curriculum
2. Constructivist frameworks for learning science
3. The role of inquiry, creativity, coding, and scientific practices in learning and teaching primary science
4. The relationship between science and technology in primary education
5. Technologies in primary science education
6. Lesson and unit planning in primary science education


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study – Analyse examples of students' prior conceptions for a topic in the primary science curriculum and explain how you would confront those conceptions with research-based strategies 2,000 words 50 N Individual
Professional Task – Design a series of inquiry-based learning experiences that develop students’ conceptual understanding or technology skill for outcomes in the primary science curriculum 2,000 words 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods




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