Summer 2020 - EDUC 416 E100

Designs for Learning: Secondary Science (4)

Class Number: 1398

Delivery Method: Distance Education

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course will be delivered remotely.  We will be meeting virtually in the same time slot through Canvas via Blackboard Collaborate video conference.



This is an introductory course in secondary science teaching. It will provide a foundational understanding of science learning and teaching from grades 8-12. Topics include, but are not restricted to: key outcomes in scientific learning; scientific literacy; development of conceptual understanding; effective use of inquiry; incorporating indigenous knowledge and science learning; integrating digital technology; differentiation in the science classroom; and place-based science instruction. Field trip options will be discussed in class.

Students will engage in reading, discussing and practicing a variety of theoretical frameworks, strategies and assessments for science teaching. Students will design learning plans consistent with best practices in science education. Practice will be focused on engaging students, encouraging enquiry and how to help students form enduring scientific skills and understandings. Students will deepen their reflective practice.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

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. begin to acquire a tool box of strategies for learning and assessment in the science classroom
  6. develop a coherent unit plan for teaching science

Grading

  • Activity-based Science Lesson 20%
  • Project-based Learning/Inquiry Assignment 30%
  • Unit Plan 30%
  • Reflections 20%

NOTES:

Due to the interactive nature of this class, attendance is required. If you need to miss a class, please discuss with the instructor beforehand. You will be responsible for making up readings, reflections and other work.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

There is a mandatory $20 fee that will be charged immediately upon enrolment.

REQUIRED READING:

No required text.

New BC Curriculum (2016): Building Student Success. https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca

Supplementary articles and reading materials will be provided electronically via CANVAS.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html 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. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN SUMMER 2020

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 (caladmin@sfu.ca 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.