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SCI 515
Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards: Energy & Matter (4)
What do we mean by pushes and pulls?  Why do some things dissolve and other don’t? Where did those bubbles come from when I mix baking soda and vinegar? Answer these questions and gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the knowledge and skills in science needed to effectively teach the elementary level NGSS. Apply and extend your learning of the science with an emphasis on the higher order cognitive skills, scientific and engineering practices, and cross cutting ideas embedded in the disciplinary core idea learning progressions defined in the new standards. Focus on the disciplinary core ideas of Energy and Matter in physical, life and earth science.
For more information, contact Susan Holveck.

 

SCI 516
Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards: Change Over Time (4)
Why are there so many different plants and animals? What causes waves? How do the continents move? Answer these questions and gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the knowledge and skills in science needed to effectively teach the elementary level NGSS. Apply and extend your learning of the science with an emphasis on the higher order cognitive skills, scientific and engineering practices, and cross cutting ideas embedded in the disciplinary core idea learning progressions defined in the new standards. Focus on the disciplinary core ideas of waves, electromagnetic radiation, plate tectonics, and evolution.  For more information, contact Cristina Trecha.

 

SCI 517
Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards: Interactions & Systems (4)
How does the sun affect weather? What are natural hazards and how do we live with them? How do people affect ecosystems? Answer these questions and gain a deeper conceptual understanding of the knowledge and skills in science needed to effectively teach the elementary level NGSS. Apply and extend your learning of the science with an emphasis on the higher order cognitive skills, scientific and engineering practices, and cross cutting ideas embedded in the disciplinary core idea learning progressions defined in the new standards. Focus on the disciplinary core ideas of interactions within solar, earth and ecosystems. 
For more information, contact Stephanie Wagner.

 

SCI 510
Approaches to Teaching Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design (4)
Examination of pedagogical theories related to teaching science and engineering.  Students learn how to engage learners in the process of scientific inquiry and engineering design through exposure to research based theories of practice and by personally experiencing developing, implementing and assessing inquiry-based and engineering design projects.  For more information, contact Melissa Potter.

SCI 510
Methods of Science Education Research (4)
Background needed for formal and informal educators to conduct research in their own classroom, school, or informal science institution (e.g. museum, nature center).  The final outcome for this course will be a proposal which will form the framework for a science education research project or thesis.    For more information, contact Cary Sneider. 

SCI 510
Assessment of Student Achievement in Science (4)
Introduction to the practice of assessing student achievement in three types of stated learning outcomes, Cognitive (Knowledge), Affective: (Attitude) and Psychomotor: (Skills). The course will emphasize both formative and summative assessments that are student-centered, reliable and valid, strongly linked to learning outcomes and pedagogically embedded in classroom instruction.    For more information, contact Melissa Potter