The classes for EDTE4330 are workshops and online work.
There will be five workshops, one x 3 hours workshops in Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 12.
There will also be on-line work will need to be done in preparation for the workshops and other work to be completed as follow-up to them. More information will be in your EDTE4330 iLearn page.
The areas of study in EDTE4330 include the history and philosophy of science, inquiry-based teaching and learning approaches, the use of scientific language, writing/reading in science, classroom management, ICT for learning about science, group work and discussion, assessment, along with children’s ideas about science and how these might differ from those presently held by members of the scientific community. Work will continue on lesson planning and implementation according to the prerequisite units. In each workshop session and online work, detailed strategies for the teaching and learning of each of the prescribed focus areas, contexts and domains of the current NSW Stage 4/5 science syllabus will be presented and discussed in terms of their effectiveness. This will then be linked together with the Stage 6 science syllabus documents and discussion of the National Curriculum for science as appropriate.
Many of the workshop strategies are hands-on so that students are able to gain practical knowledge of activities that can be used in science classrooms at the junior secondary level. The workshops are organised to model a school classroom, where effective learning and teaching takes place including the use of laptops. Each workshop provides a choice of activities usually negotiated by the students in small groups. The lecturer’s role is to provide guidance where necessary and highlight important issues in the overall theme of the workshop along with current, relevant science education research. Students are expected to participate in all workshops as individuals, in small groups and as a whole class.
This unit has a full web presence through iLearn. Students will need regular access to a computer and the Internet to complete this unit.
Weekly access to iLearn is compulsory for all students. Important assessment information will be posted here, as will other relevant unit notices and materials, including a reading template and guide to lecture note taking to assist your studies.
Various activities and materials for discussion and critical reflection are included and external students especially are encouraged to use this web component. Electronic links and suggested references will be included in the Resources section. Please check the iLearn unit regularly.
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Access and technical assistance
Information for students about access to the online component of this unit is available at ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/. You will need to enter your student username and password. Please do NOT contact the Unit Convenor regarding iLearn technical help. No extensions will be given for any technical issues. Allow enough time for your submissions. Assistance is available from IT Helpdesk ph: 1800 67 4357, or log a request at help.mq.edu.au. OneHelp is the online IT support service for both students and staff.
This unit requires students to use several ICT and software skills:
- Internet access: The iLearn site contains materials for this unit; it is also required for the online submission of all Assessment Tasks, and for the use of Turnitin submission for ALL tasks.
- Word processing, visual representations, and document formatting: You are required to use an appropriate form of software to present your assignments.
- Uploading of assessment tasks to iLearn.
The unit comprises five three-hour workshops in Weeks 1, 3, 5, 10 and 12. Due to the university's COVIDSafe plan, the workshops will all be completed via Zoom.
You will find the Zoom links on the unit's iLearn page along with the materials for each workshop. There are also online learning activities which you will complete in preparation for, and following, each Zoom workshop. Details of these activities an be found on iLearn. Attendance at all Zoom workshops is expected.
Students are required to participate in small group activities, whole class discussion, to read the weekly material in advance, and to complete brief tasks either as individuals or in pairs. The weekly program for the course with the accompanying readings/ preparation is available on the unit iLearn site.