ONLINE COURSE : Critical Literacy in Science

Please be advised that due to popular demand registration has reopened to allow additional enrolments to STANSW online courses.     Course registration will be available till Monday 14 September,  closing at 5pm.   No further enrolments for the year will be taken after this time.  Registrants will be sent a separate Moodle login after the 14 September.

Term 3 course commences on July 14 2015.


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This is a six hour BOSTES accredited course.

This course is online and on-demand and can be completed in your own time. Course will open for Semester 2 and close on 14 December 2015.


"Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises." ACARA: The Australian Curriculum – Rationale


Literacy once meant reading and writing words on paper.  Today’s science students need to do more than accept information at face value, they need to be able to understand, use and critically analyse texts validity and underpinning points of view. In many ways the NSW HSC challenges students' understanding of the use of models in science and the contestability of science knowledge. Critical literacy skills will empower students provide appropriate responses to HSC questions. Ultimately critical literacy will inform their daily lives.

The subject specific language of science is often difficult for science teachers to see. This is because they are swimming in it. However, students, not apprenticed in the language of science often find it bewildering. And it's more than just the words.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide science teachers an external point of view to the language of secondary science. The aim is make the language tangible so that teachers can better control and manipulate its use in the classroom.


Course designer/presenter : Jim Sturgiss

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Australian Professional Teaching Standards:

2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement
2.6.2 Use effective strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful
6.2.2 Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.


To complete this course and gain BOSTES accreditation, participants must participate in ALL mandated activities including forums and quizzes.


The Critical literacy checklist will help you monitor your progress through the course.




Completing the STANSW CLiS Course will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing  2.5.2, 2.6.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



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