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					Curriculum Leadership Workshop for Science Head Teachers
Science Unit Curriculum Directorate




                 Curriculum Leadership
                          For
                    Head Teachers
                          And
                Aspiring Head Teachers
Curriculum Leadership Workshop for Science Head Teachers
Science Unit Curriculum Directorate


 The Science Unit – Curriculum Directorate

 Glen Sawle
 Manager Science Unit

 Ric Morante
 Senior Curriculum Adviser 7-12

 Harry Vassila
 Senior Curriculum Adviser K-6
Curriculum Leadership Workshop for Science Head Teachers
Science Unit Curriculum Directorate




    There is a difference between learning for
    memorisation and learning for
    understanding
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    Students come into our classrooms with a
    range of existing ideas or conceptions of
    the physical world. They are not ‘empty
    vessels’ waiting to be filled
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    What preconceived ideas do students bring to
    the learning situation?

    Where have they gathered the information from
    to lead to these preconceived ideas and
    conceptions
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 l   Why did they build the Great Wall of China?
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    Many of these conceptions differ in
    important ways from the view of the world
    scientists have constructed.

    (Many of these alternative or naïve
    conceptions are similar to views scientists
    held in previous eras)
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 When presented with an idea that differs
 from their current conception They may:
    l Accept the new idea and reject the old
    l Accept the new idea but retain the old
      for use in some circumstances
    l Form a hybrid conception
    l Reject the new idea
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 l The knowledge of the learner can assist or
   it can interfere with learning
 l Learning involves the construction of
   meaning
 l Meanings constructed by students may be
   different to those intended in the learning
   opportunity
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        What is primary role of the teacher?
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 l   In the constructivists view of learning the
     role of the teachers is:
     l Stimulator of curiosity
     l Challenger of ideas
     l Resource person
     l Senior co-investigator
     l discussant
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                      Content vs Concept

 l   It is all too easy to fall into the trap of
     teaching content disguised as concept

 l   This leads to students being able to
     approximate understanding without having
     any real understanding
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                Learning for understanding




                Learning for memorisation
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 Science Years 7 – 10 Syllabus
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 The Objectives define in broad terms the
 associated

     l Prescribed Focus Areas (PFAs) knowledge
        and understanding

     l Domain:        Knowledge and Understanding

     l Domain:        Skills in working scientifically

     l Domain:        Values and Attitudes
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 Syllabus outcomes define the intended results
 of teaching

 They are defined in terms of the intended results of
 student learning
    l at the end of Stage 4
             and
    l at the end of Stage 5


     P12-13
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 Indicative Hours
 l   Essential content – 400 hr (DET Schools 500 hr)
 l   Additional content
     l not    mandatory
     l suggested         only
     l not    pre-requisite for following stages
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 Syllabus Requirements
 l   Address all essential content (p 23)

 l   Contexts (p 16)

 l   Practical experiences (p 21)

 l   Student Research Project (p 22)
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 PFA Content
 l   all PFAs must be addressed each year
 l   each unit must address at least one PFA
 l   Teachers select appropriate essential content to
     achieve the relevant Stage 4 or Stage 5
     Outcome
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 PFA Outcomes
 Stage 4
 4.2 A student uses examples to illustrate how
   models, theories and laws contribute to an
   understanding of phenomena

 Stage 5
 5.2 A student describes the processes that are
   applied to test and validate models, theories and
   laws
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PFA Content
4/5.2          Students learn to:
Students learn d) describe how an idea can gain
                  acceptance in the scientific
about the
                  community as either theory or law
nature and
               e) use examples which show that
practice of       scientists isolate a set of
science           observations, identify trends and
                             patterns and construct hypotheses
                             or models to explain these
                         f) give examples that demonstrate the
                             benefits and limitations of using
                             models
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 Skills Content
 l   The essential content reflects the skills that
     students should be able to demonstrate by
     the end of stage 5
 l   Teachers select appropriate essential
     content to achieve the relevant Stage 4 or
     Stage 5
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 4.17 A student evaluates the relevance of data and
      information

 4/5.17           Students learn to:
 Students learn   a) collate information from a number of
 about processing sources
 information
                  b) distinguish between relevant and
                  irrelevant information
                          c) check the reliability of gathered data
                          and information by comparing them with
                          observations or information from other
                          sources
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Knowledge and Understanding Content
l   addressed within the appropriate stage
l   Grouped as –
     l Models, Theories and Laws; Structures
       and Systems
     l Interactions


Additional Content:
l can be addressed in either stage
l not mandatory
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 Cross-curriculum content areas
 l   Information and Communication Technologies
 l   Work, Employment and Enterprise
 l   Aboriginal and Indigenous
 l   Civics and Citizenship
 l   Environment
 l   Gender
 l   Key Competencies
 l   Literacy
 l   Numeracy
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 Example ICT of cross-curriculum content

  4/5.18 presenting                   e) use drawings,
  information                         diagrams, graphs,
                                      tables, databases,
                                      spreadsheets and flow
                                      charts to show
                                      relationships and
                                      present information….
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 Science Stage 6
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Curriculum Leadership Workshop for Science Head Teachers
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Curriculum Leadership Workshop for Science Head Teachers
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Curriculum Leadership Workshop for Science Head Teachers
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