|Module Title||SCIENCE IN EDUCATION|
|Co-ordinator||Mr David G Thomas|
|Semester||Intended for use in future years|
|Next year offered||N/A|
|Next semester offered||N/A|
|Course delivery||Lecture||10 Hours.|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 Hours.|
The course has several aims: in the first instance, it is intended to make the students aware of the nature of science as a human activity, including the scope and limitations of scientific evidence and the nature of theories and models. This will be placed in the context of a brief review of the history of science.
The second major aim will be to cover the development of the scientific disciplines, and their introduction to the school curriculum. Students will be made aware of some of the theories regarding how pupils come to understand science concepts. Students will also be required to develop the ability to consider evidence critically, and to research information from a variety of sources (including IT sources).
- Introduction and overview.
- An outline of the history of science.
- What is a 'fact'? An examination of the creation of knowledge, and its limitations.
- The place of science in the school curriculum.
- Learning theories and their relevance to how pupils 'learn' science.
- Alternative frameworks - pupil misconceptions regarding science concepts.
- School visit - an opportunity to see teaching and learning at first hand.
- Analysis and discussion of student observations during school visit, based on a pro-forma designed to focus
student observations during the visit.
- Current issues in the teaching of science.
- Government Reports on the teaching of science.
This module is at CQFW Level 6