Pedagogy B: Elementary Math/Science Practicum

4 CREDITS    |    TERM 3 

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 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. Model-based reasoning and inquiry are the heart and soul of what scientists, engineers and mathematicians do and therefore a natural means of integrating the STEM disciplines.

Candidates will develop:

  • An understanding and flexible application of learning theories to the learning of elementary mathematics and science.
  • General instructional strategies and those specific to mathematics and science.
  • Learning experiences in which mathematics and science is related to and integrated with students’ interests, community concerns and societal issues.
  • Balanced assessment practices.
  • A systematic approach based on learning theory to the analysis and design of curricula.
  • An attitude of inquiry toward one’s practice (lessons as experiments) through individual and collaborative study, discussion, assessment, analysis and classroom–based research and practice.
  • Self-efficacy, craftsmanship, collegiality and flexibility in addressing problems of practice in the classroom, school and community.