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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUB1-Curriculum Progression and Development in Biology

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course focuses on the theories and principles of curriculum development in biology and their application in the science classroom and laboratory. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of relevant theories and practice, and critically reflect on curriculum development for the progression of skills and concepts, in the UAE context. This evaluative process will allow them to apply relevant principles and theories from current research to develop medium to long term biology learning pathways that foster progression in biology specific knowledge and skills. Students will also learn to critically self-evaluate their professional practice, knowledge and skills in terms of curriculum progression and development.

Ebooks

Journal Articles

Week 1

Introduction to Course: Curriculum Progression and development Overview of models and trends in curriculum development Classroom-level curriculum development

Required reading:

Week 2

The science and biology curriculum: key concepts and big ideas.

Concepts that underpin the science and biology curriculum

Required Reading:

(3rd edition). Hodder Education. Chapter 1.

Recommended Reading:

Week 3

The biology curriculum: process skills and epistemic beliefs/nature of science

Skills and beliefs that underpin the science and biology curriculum

Required Reading:

Week 4

The biology curriculum: Progression pathways.

Conceptual and skill progression across the cycles.

Required reading:

Recommended reading:

Week 5

Classroom strategies for curriculum progression in biology

Biology Learning Made Visible – progression in learning

Assignment 1 due

Required Reading:

Recommended Reading:

Week 6

Classroom strategies for curriculum progression.

Step 1: Surface Learning

Required Reading:

Week 7

Classroom strategies for curriculum progression.

Step 2: Deep Learning

Required Reading:

Week 8

Classroom strategies for curriculum progression.

Step 3: Science Transfer

Required Reading:

Recommended Reading:

Week 9

Evaluating Curriculum Developments

Meeting the UAE standards

Required Reading:

Teacher Standards for the UAE: [here] UAE inspection framework: [here

Week 10

Evaluating Curriculum Developments

Teacher reflection and student voice

Required Reading:

Week 11

Evaluating Curriculum Developments

Effect sizes and Impact

Required Reading: