Teaching Scientific Literacy

Course code EDST2090Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This courses focuses on the development of pre-service teachers' scientific literacy. Using a multiliteracies framework, the course explores scientific knowledge as represented in written, graphic, and digital forms. It aims to assist students to make connections between scientific knowledge as generated through disciplined inquiry, and questions derived from their everyday experiences. It will assist teachers to represent and communicate scientific ideas, understandings and information; and to teach scientific concepts competently to their future students.

Available in 2015

OurimbahTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesIn undertaking this course students will develop:

1. An understanding of the competing definitions of scientific literacy;
2. An understanding of the multimodal forms of scientific communication;
3. A knowledge of a wide range of practices and texts supporting the development of scientific literacy;
4. An understanding of how scientific knowledge may be related to students' everyday lives;
5. An ability to engage in discourse of and about science;
6. A capacity to evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it.
7. A capacity to design instruction that challenges alternative conceptions of scientific phenomena.
Content1. The Multiliteracies Framework.
2. Constructs of Scientific literacy.
3. Subject specific vocabulary, metalanguage, and language structures and features of scientific discourse.
4. Pedagogies for developing the scientific literacy of young children.
5. Pedagogical approaches for challenging alternative conceptions of scientific phenomena.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 - 50% (2000 words): Critical analysis of science focused teaching resource.

Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives Assessed: 1, 4, 6
Presentations - IndividualAssignment 2 - 50% (2000 words): 10-15 minute teaching presentation focused on use of scientific discourse.

Student Learning Outcomes / Objectives Assessed: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Contact HoursField Study: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 8 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 16 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDST2090