Science Education Studies
214 Communication and Learning in the Natural Sciences. This course provides a systematic examination of communication and teaching strategies for natural science at the middle and high school levels including oral exposition, visual imagery, demonstrations, technology, and laboratory activities. Theoretical components include underlying educational theories, scientific literacy, and the unifying themes and practices in science. Practical components include methodologies for assessment, lesson and unit development, laboratory safety, evaluating teacher interaction patterns, and student presentations. Prerequisite: At least three courses in natural science. C. Bruxvoort. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
312 Teaching Science for Elementary Education Majors. A consideration of the methods, pedagogies, and strategies associated with teaching science in elementary and middle school. Curricular resources for teaching science, including the use of technology and written materials, are also examined with consideration of the criteria for their evaluation. Additional topics include assessment, benchmarks and standards, and lesson and unit development. The relationship of Christian faith to the teaching of science in the classroom is also examined. Field experiences during normal course hours are included. Students will be assessed on completed homework assignments, two quizzes, a written final, a completed unit plan and lesson plan, and observation of their teaching in a local elementary school. Prerequisite: EDUC 302/303 and at least one college science course. K. Bergwerff. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (TTH).