How children learn in and through science teaching approaches

This is a paper that focuses on how children learn in and through science teaching approaches. The paper also provides two parts to which the assignment should be written in.

How children learn in and through science teaching approaches

Assignment 2: Critical essay – how children learn in and through science
(Individual task – 2000 words, 50%) This task will assess a pre-service teacher’s understanding of science education theory as well as their ability to integrate theory and practice in science education. This will be achieved by outlining theories of teaching and learning in science and then presenting an in-depth discussion as it relates to the design and content of their resource booklet (Assessment 1A) and how it can be used to create a coherent lesson sequence.
·         2000 words
·         To demonstrate advanced understanding of how children learn in science. Also, the different science teaching approaches used to address particular science concepts.

Assessment criteria

A suggested format for the essay is to write it in two parts

Part 1 will provide a critical discussion of theories of science teaching and learning. Then, Part 2 will use the resource booklet from Assessment Task 1A as a context for a specific discussion of putting theory into practice.
Part 1: Critical discussion of at least 2 theories of learning and teaching science in a primary school science classroom. Demonstrate advanced understanding of how children learn in science.
Part 2: In this section, you should show your understanding of pedagogical approaches, illustrating with reference to the design of your resource booklet (Assessment Task 1A). Describe how it could be to create a coherent science lesson sequence. Include the different science teaching approaches used to address particular science concepts. Additionally, critically evaluate how the chosen pedagogical approach integrates science knowledge with the General Capabilities and/or Cross Curriculum Priorities.
Key ideas to be in Part 2 include:

Identify and also justify the overarching pedagogical approach that you would select when planning a lesson sequence to develop your chosen topic in Physical and/or Material World for a particular stage of learning.
Include examples of 4-5 lessons/activities from your resource booklet (Assessment 1A) that illustrate your understanding of the implementation of your chosen approach.
Alternative student conceptions and their relationship to planning student learning. With specific examples related to the science content addressed by your resource booklet.
The role of assessment within teaching and learning, illustrated with examples from your resource booklet.

 

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