Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Resources for the Secondary Science Curriculum

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Mathematics and Science Education

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will consider a number of resources that are used to teach science in secondary schools. The unit will have a strong practical component that links to the learning theories being presented in the course.

The resources that will be reviewed in this unit can be broadly subdivided into three areas.

The first area is the STEM classroom. This includes fundamental principles of laboratory design and management, laboratory demonstrations and investigations and group work. Following this, one will consider various digital resources related to science teaching such as multimedia and simulation software packages, classroom response systems, data and video loggers, the Internet as a science teaching resource, visual media and digital devices. The last area that will be considered refers to community resources for science teaching. This involves tapping expertise from the community, fieldwork and visits to places of scientific interest.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- help students to identify and use resources that reflect contemporary science research work and society;
- create an awareness that teaching science involves teaching formal and abstract concepts, hence the need for classroom resources to support students' learning;
- familiarize student teachers with the resources that can be utilized when teaching science;
- provide students with hands-on activities that would allow them to use these resources and note how these could be useful in teaching;
- present suitable digital teaching resources; and
- help students identify links between educational theory and classroom practice when using these resources.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- recognise organisational issues in the STEM classroom;
- identify sites of potential hazard in the laboratory;
- describe exemplars that provide evidence of the abstract nature of Science by referring to the Science curricula;
- list a spectrum of resources that are available for secondary school Science teaching;
- critically evaluate the suitability of use of a particular resource to address diverse learning needs; and
- describe and appraise the educational potential of community resources.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- set up and use appropriate resources in the STEM class;
- design layouts of the STEM classroom to reflect diverse learning needs;
- produce teaching resources for classroom Science;
- set up hardware [such as data loggers] needed for a classroom activity;
- select and use appropriate digital software and hardware that will support learning; and
- plan and organize out of classroom activities.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Cuban, L. (2002). Oversold and Underused - computers in the classroom. Harvard University Press.
- Holliman, R. and Scanlon, E. [eds.] (2004). Mediating science learning through Information and Communications Technology. London: Routledge Falmer.
- Jonassen, D., Howland, J., Marra, RM., Crismond, D. (2008). Meaningful Learning With Technology. Merill Education Products. Pearson.
- Linn, Marcia and Hsi, Sherry (2000) Computers, Teachers, Peers Science Learning Partners. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers Mahwah, New Jersey.

Other readings compiled by tutors.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary See note below Yes 10%
Presentation (20 Minutes) See note below Yes 25%
Report See note below Yes 25%
Project See note below Yes 40%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Charles G. Bonello
Patrick Camilleri
Martin M. Musumeci (Co-ord.)
Michel Spagnol

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