Pedagogy A: Secondary History/Social Studies
3 CREDITS | TERM 2
Pedagogy is the flexible application of learning theories in problem-solving contexts. Pedagogical knowledge includes understanding and applying learning theories; developing subject matter expertise; implementing general and discipline-specific instructional strategies and practices; developing, analyzing and modifying curriculum; assessing outcomes of learning; and developing professional self-efficacy, collegiality and community to address problems of practice. In these pedagogy courses, candidates build an understanding of the importance of planning, instruction, assessment and reflection as necessary elements in the teaching and learning cycle.
The purpose of this course is to align the content knowledge with a repertoire of pedagogical practices responsive to the characteristic needs and interests of diverse adolescent students in order to develop an informed citizenry in a democratic society and concern for individuals to assume civic responsibilities for self and others. The major goals related to introducing and implementing the pedagogical practices are to engage students in the study of history using various forms of inquiry and direct instruction that enable them to become critical and creative thinkers and problem-solvers of history. Fundamental to this class is the understanding that history demands learning how to question, research, debate and summarize. All of the pedagogical practices presented intend to teach content knowledge and skill mastery to students to reinforce this goal. The essence of this course is what curriculum should be taught and how the content can be instructed in order to develop the cognitive, affective and social skills that facilitate the intended outcomes for both students and their teachers. Essentially, this course prepares teachers to teach and become a practicing professional educator.