Unit aim

Develops and expands the KLA-specific Curriculum Specialisation I and II units in Science or HSIE for students intending to teach two or more secondary subjects in the same discipline area. Students acquire a deeper and more comprehensive theoretical basis for teaching and learning in Science or HSIE. Students are engaged in opportunities to critically reflect on a range of contemporary pedagogical frameworks, professional perspectives and societal issues, and articulate a reasoned and defensible approach to teaching Science or HSIE across Years 7-12.

Unit content

1. The theoretical and philosophical basis for teaching Science or HSIE – significant developments since the 1990s.

  • underlying philosophy and rationale of the curriculum
  • historical development, aims, objectives and content of the Years 7–12 curriculum
  • the place of the secondary curriculum in the continuum of learning in K–12

2. Contemporary pedagogical frameworks in secondary Science or HSIE teaching: National and International Case Studies.

  • Applying pedagogical theory for the development of effective:                                                     - lesson planning and program development                                                                                 - integration of new and emerging technology into teaching and learning strategies    - application of the NSW DEC Quality Teaching Model and other pedagogical models into teaching and learning.

3. Contemporary professional perspectives in secondary Science or HSIE: critically evaluating dissenting voices.

  • The role and emerging themes of professional fora, and appropriate professional responses.
  • The roles, resources and teacher support provided by organisations such as Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the NSW Board of Studies, NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) and the federal Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training, and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).

4. Implications of contemporary societal issues for teaching secondary Science or HSIE: emerging conceptions of “discovery” and “citizenship”.

5. Critical thinking, argument and justification in Science or HSIE: Discipline-specific traditions.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)
Project proposal50%

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Fee information


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