This topic provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to consider the place of science in their own lives as well as in the daily lives of children 0-8 years. Using inquiry processes, pre-service teachers are supported to identify the early signs of children developing concepts, skills and positive attitudes towards science. The topic is designed to engage pre-service teachers with the processes involved in planning, implementing and evaluating programs of science for children 0-8 years. The topic develops the pre-service teachers' acquisition of scientific literacy and knowledge through experience based science in the areas of the Biological sciences, the Chemical sciences, the Earth and Space sciences and the Physical sciences. Drawing from their knowledge of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum: Science, strong inter-curricular links with other learning areas are made through examining science in the media and the history of science.
This topic aims to:
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