Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Values in Science Education

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Mathematics and Science Education

DESCRIPTION In their quest to become professional science teachers, the study-unit will familiarise students with their professional, contractual and moral responsibilities as science teachers. Through reflections, a process of value clarification will contribute towards the development of a strong teacher ethic and identity. Students will experience the need for continuous professional development through sessions that will help them reflect on their development as well as about ethical issues in science education (e.g. Science for All) and science content (e.g. Sustainable Development).

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit will:
- introduce student teachers to the main documents and policies available about professional science teacher development and code of practice;
- familiarise student teachers with some of the major ethical debates in science education and science content;
- provide a forum during which student teachers explore personal and professional ethical issues related to science education; and
- provide an opportunity for reflection about the implications of decisions taken in the science classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- list and explain the implications of the main policy documents informing professional and contractual practice in science education;
- critically discuss the various perspectives of ethical issues in science education and science content; and
- identify the various dimensions of the impacts of decisions adopted in ethical issues related to science education and science content.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- plan for ethical discussions that emerge from secondary school science curricula;
- devise learning experiences that help school children explore the various dimensions of ethical issues related to science; and
- review their personal value system as part of their personal development as professional school teachers.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:


- Fullick, P. and Ratcliffe, M. (1996). Teaching Ethical Aspects of Science. Bassett Press Southampton, UK.


- Gribble, S., Rennie, L. and Tyson, L. (2000) Negotiating Values for the Science Curriculum: The need for Dialogue and Compromise. Research in Science Education, 30, 199 - 211.
- Reiss, M. (1999) Teaching Ethics in Science. Studies in Science Education, 34, 115-140.
- Wellington, J. (2004) Ethics and citizenship in science education: now is the time to jump off the fence. School Science Review, 86, 33-38.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Reflective Diary SEM2 Yes 50%
Research Paper SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Laurence Azzopardi
Charles G. Bonello
Paul J. Pace

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