This topic provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to analyse and critique the purpose and place of science and technology in their own lives as well as in the Primary Curriculum. Its purpose is to build confidence and skill in effective science and technology learning and teaching, appropriate for the primary years of schooling. Pre-service teachers analyse and critique the inquiry processes of working scientifically and are supported to apply these skills in the conduct of their own investigation. They engage in planning, implementing and synthesising a series of science learning experiences for primary aged children while gathering assessment data to evaluate learning and modify practice. Through inquiry based learning the acquisition of scientific literacy and experiential learning in the areas of the Biological sciences, the Chemical sciences, the Earth and Space sciences and the Physical sciences is emphasised. Pre-service teachers are encouraged to be both creative and innovative in their classroom practices and to draw links to other areas of the curriculum and the history of science. Pre-service teachers engage in innovative and ethical design solutions as they develop confidence as critical designers, users and producers of a range of technologies.
This topic aims to: