Summer 2020 - EDUC 416 D100

Designs for Learning: Secondary Science (4)

Class Number: 1397

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Focuses on teaching secondary school science. Students explore the sciences and aspects of learning science; examine their own scientific thinking; work with the prescribed curriculum; and plan science learning experiences within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods.


This course will be delivered remotely.  We will be meeting virtually in the same time slot through Canvas via Blackboard Collaborate video conference.  See 'Grading Notes' section for details.

This is an introductory course in secondary science teaching. It will provide a theoretical and practical understanding of science teaching from grades 8-12. Topics include, but are not restricted to: key outcomes in scientific learning; effective use of inquiry; incorporating indigenous knowledge and science learning; place-based science instruction; differentiation in the science classroom; and now integrating digital technology.

Students will engage in reading, discussing and practicing a variety of theoretical frameworks focusing in the newest BC curriculum. Students will design learning plans and educational material consistent with best practices in science education. Practice will be focused on engaging students, encouraging enquiry and connection to the living organisms and the planet.


Students will:

  1. have an overview of current science curricula in BC
  2. develop their pedagogical understanding of science teaching and learning
  3. explore the relationship between Indigenous knowledge and western science
  4. develop their own critical philosophy of science education
  5. develop interactive educational material for teaching sciences
  6. develop a coherent unit and lessons plan for teaching science


  • Virtual discussion (posts and face-to-face) 15%
  • Curriculum lesson plans 25%
  • Curriculum Unit Plan (Groups) 30%
  • Pedagogical learning material – webpage 15%
  • Pedagogical learning material – presentation 15%


Meeting Times: 11:30 PM – 1:30 PM on Canvas BB Collaborate
Dates: May 12th, 26th; June 9th, 23rd; July 7th, 21st; August 4th

Every other Tuesday you will have a biweekly assignments.



Readings will be provided in the first week of class, students will download for free at SFU library website.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.