Course Title: Investigating Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investigating Science, Mathematics, Technology and the Environment

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2293

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016

TCHE2293

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Ms Elise Hunkin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7859

Course Coordinator Email: elise.hunkin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.13

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on the use of interactive approaches to facilitate children’s investigation of science, mathematics, technology and the environment in everyday experiences.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to build a positive understanding of young children as investigators and how the topics science, mathematics, technology and the environment can be explored in early childhood settings.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Demonstrate a positive and confident attitude towards fostering children’s innate curiosity and investigation of science, mathematics, technology and the environment.
• Describe suitable learning experiences and strategies to investigate science, mathematics, technology and the environment in early childhood settings.
• Critically evaluate experiences and resources designed to promote children’s investigation of science, mathematics, technology and the environment.
• Observe and analyse children’s learning in science, mathematics, technology and the environment.
• Design, construct and evaluate relevant learning resources/artefacts.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for teaching..
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.
• Personal proficiency in using ICT.

Professional Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how children learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers know their children.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage children in effective learning.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession.


Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including group work, lectures, discussion of readings, excursions and on-line research.


Overview of Learning Resources

See Part B


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, curriculum planning, exam, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.