PG7007: Core Strength: Science


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PG7007: Core Strength: Science

Module Title Core Strength: Science
Module Code PG7007
Module Tutor Colin Forster
School School of Education
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a strength in Primary Science Education through engagement with subject knowledge enhancement, development of subject pedagogical understanding, and through critical reflection and analysis.  Students will develop an enhanced knowledge of science at their own level and a good knowledge of science primary school curriculum content. They will develop a good understanding of children’s learning in science, in relation to the constructivist theory of learning in science, and a good understanding of barriers to children’s progress in science.  They will develop a critical approach to literature about children’s learning in science and a critical and analytical approach to discussing children’s learning in science.

Indicative Syllabus

Subject knowledge: development of key aspects of the science primary curriculum, such as the evolution of the universe and evolution of plants and animals.


Subject pedagogy: consideration of the distinctive nature of learning in science, inclusive teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of all pupils within science, an introduction to the role of the subjectleader, and the application of ICT to enhance children's learning, such as the use of digital microscopes.


Critical reflection and analysis: development of an evidence-based approach to the analysis of children's learning in science, the evaluation of teaching in science, the critique of journal articles related to teaching and learning in science and critical reflection on the strengths and limitation of constructivist learning theory.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate:


1.  an understanding of their own strengths and areas for development in science subject knowledge

2.  an enhanced level of subject knowledge

3.  an understanding of learning theories related to primary science

4.  a good understanding of the strengths and limitations of constructivism as a learning theory related to primary science

5.  an ability to engage critically with literature about primary science

6.  an ability to reflect critically on the learning process


In addition, students operating at Masters level should be able to demonstrate:


1.  a well developed ability to engage critically with the issues, analyse significant aspects of teaching and learning and synthesise ideas

2.  a well developed ability to discuss and critique theories of teaching and learning within science, based upon both a wide reading of relevant sources and analysis of first-hand evidence

Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: Standard: 5000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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