The University of Newcastle, Australia

Investigating Science

Study a teaching area in teaching Investigating Science for Secondary Education

Investigating Science is designed to assist students (Stage 6) of all abilities to engage with scientific processes, and apply those processes to investigate relevant personal, community and global scientific issues. The course promotes active inquiry and evidence-based investigations. It provides opportunities for problem solving and making informed scientific decisions. Students can engage in examples and situations that relate to biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics.

Studying the Investigating Science teaching area within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree will develop the basic skills needed to actively engage students in lessons about relevant scientific concepts, conducting valid scientific investigations, and communicating, representing and reporting findings. Investigating Science complements and builds upon the research, experimentation and communication skills developed in other science subjects (such as physics, chemistry, biology, earth and environmental science).

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in Investigating Science?

Studying Investigating Science as one of your teaching areas will prepare you to teach junior (Stage 4 & 5) and senior (Stage 6) secondary school science courses. The knowledge, understanding and skills gained from studying a teaching area in Investigating Science will help you to be well equipped to support students’ ongoing engagement with science, and prepare them for participation in current and emerging STEM-related post-school activities and industries.

You may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Scientific communication roles
  • Research and analysis

Having an additional teaching area will enhance job prospects and the knowledge/skills gained will supplement other science teaching areas.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning more about their chosen specialty in Investigating Science.
  • Goals to inspire young students with their passion for their chosen specialty in Investigating Science.
  • A commitment to designing inclusive lesson plans, catering to young students at all competency levels in the chosen specialty.

What do you learn in an Investigating Science teaching area?

The Investigating Science teaching area is designed to prepare graduates to teach Stage 6 Investigating Science in high schools.  You will learn how to develop and support student’s application of science skills, such as questioning, observing, predicting, experimenting, and evaluating ideas and investigations. By studying the Investigating Science teaching area you will learn how to effectively teach the core concepts of the Stage 6 course that consists of eight modules;

  • Module 1 Cause and Effect – Observing
  • Module 2 Cause and Effect – Inferences and Generalisations
  • Module 3 Scientific Models
  • Module 4 Theories and Laws
  • Module 5 Scientific Investigations
  • Module 6 Technologies
  • Module 7 Fact or Fallacy?
  • Module 8 Science and Society

Graduates will learn how to facilitate depth studies – high school students are provided with 30 hours of course time for depth studies in both Year 11 and Year 12. Depth studies are an opportunity to enhance students’ understanding of the value of evidence-based investigations and the use of science-based inquiry and provides a level of freedom to explore scientific concepts/areas of interest.

The Investigating Science option is only available to students undertaking a Science Major (Biology or Chemistry or Earth or Environmental Science or Physics). To qualify with Investigating Science for NSW accreditation, students must complete 20 units of Compulsory Investigating Science Courses (EDUC2152 and EDUC4110) and 40 units of directed courses from 10 units of Biology, 10 units of Chemistry, 10 units of Earth & Environmental Science and 10 units of Physics  (20 units must be at 2000/3000 level).

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in teaching Investigating Science.