This course focuses on key principles, in both theory and practice, of effectively engaging students in science learning. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of pedagogical science in education which will encourage learner autonomy, participation and engagement, ultimately to enhance attainment. The course will support in-service teachers to consolidate their experience in reflective practice, and to develop science learning experiences which are both challenging and stimulating. There is an emphasis on supporting learners to develop strategies to strengthen their skills and understanding, as well as the means of creating a supportive classroom learning environment which allows for a wide diversity of both student engagement and expression preferences, in order to create inclusive environments which foster growth and development. Science education classroom experiences which extend outside of the classroom to both informal and formal science learning are also explored, enabling teachers to design lessons which reflect reallife experiences for students and provide authentic, genuine science learning experiences. These experiences are implicitly intertwined with technology applications and platforms, thus supporting teachers to ensure that technology plays a prominent role in their classroom practice too.
Introduction to Course
Course Overview Evidence Based Approaches: How relevant is research to science education?
Self-Regulation and Metacognitive Strategies in the Science Classroom (I) Practical Examples and Applications
Self-Regulation and Metacognitive Strategies in the Science Classroom (II) Practical Examples and Applications
Tacit Knowledge in Science Making implicit learning explicit
Real-life applications of science (I) Relating science to the current and future lives of students
Real-life applications of science (II) Relating science to the current and future lives of students
Learning Experiences outside of the formal Science Classroom Environment Providing for Learning outside the classroom.
Dialogic Teaching in science
Talking about Science!
Promoting Argumentation in Science
Inclusive Science Education (I) Creating an inclusive science classroom environment for all learners
Routledge. (Chapter 23)
Inclusive Science Education (II) Creating an inclusive science classroom environment for all learners
PDFs of Chapters