Pedagogy A: Secondary Science
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.
Teaching Secondary Science is designed to provide candidates with the opportunities to develop innovative practices in designing inquiry-based science lesson and unit plans. This course attempts to facilitate the convergence of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a foundation for teaching science. Candidates would learn that STEM forms a more holistic approach to the teaching and learning about natural phenomena. The philosophical underpinnings of this course are rooted in the cultural-historical viewpoint and brought to life by challenging students to solve real-world problems through constructive activity and modeling processes.