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SCI 430. Methods & Materials for Teaching Secondary Science

Credits: 3
Department: Science Education
Description: An introduction to modern techniques and curricula for teaching secondary school life science.
Prerequisites: Passing scores on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination Basic Skills Tests or instructor permission
Corequisites: STEM 421, ED 421, ED 451
Semester Offered: Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Analyze state and national standards for planning science content, instruction, assessment, and professional development.
2. Identify science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
3. Construct teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding based on learner outcomes that nurtures a community of science learners.
4. Research and summarize scientific literature, journals, and technological resources to broaden personal knowledge of science and science teaching.
5. Analyze various forms of teacher and student instructional resources for their value in developing scientific literacy of all students.
6. Identify and analyze a variety of teaching models, including scientific inquiry, the learning cycle, cooperative learning, and constructivist teaching and appropriately incorporate at least one of them into a unit plan.
7. Model the use of demonstrations, discrepant events, analogies, and relevant examples in lessons for the teaching of science concepts.
8. Design a unit of instruction with a minimum of five lesson plans with assessments that demonstrates standards-based teaching of science based on the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) that is mandated by the State of Minnesota.
9. Utilize state and national safety guidelines regarding personal and legal responsibilities in the teaching of science in the middle and high school setting.
10. Research minorities in science and design a lesson that can be presented in a secondary science course, based on an anti-racism theme, based on the information gained from the research.

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