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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUB4-Evidence-based Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Biology II

Course Description

This course focuses on key principles, in both theory and practice, of effectively engaging students in biology learning. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of pedagogical biology 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 biology 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. Biology education classroom experiences which extend outside of the classroom to both informal and formal biology learning are also explored, enabling teachers to design lessons which reflect real- life experiences for students and provide authentic, genuine biology 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.

eBooks

Library Materials

Week 1

Introduction to Course: Course Overview

Evidence Based Approaches: How relevant is research to science education?

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Week 2

Self-Regulation and Metacognitive Strategies in the Science Classroom (I)

Practical Examples and Applications

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week 3

Self-Regulation and Metacognitive Strategies in the Science Classroom (I)

Practical Examples and Applications

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week 4

Tacit Knowledge in Science

Making implicit learning explicit

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Uncovering the knowledge of science and mathematics teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 86.

Week 5

Real-life applications of science (I)

Relating science to the current and future lives of students

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Week 6

Real-life applications of science (II)

Relating science to the current and future lives of students

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Week 7

Learning Experiences outside of the formal Science Classroom Environment

Providing for Learning outside the classroom.

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  • Assignment 1 Due

Week 8

Dialogic Teaching in science

Week 9

Talking about Science!

Promoting Argumentation in Science

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Week 10

Inclusive Science Education (I)

Creating an inclusive science classroom environment for all learners

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Routledge. (Chapter 2

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Week 11

Inclusive Science Education (II)

Creating an inclusive science classroom environment for all learners

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  • Assignment 2 Due