EDC 577: Problem Solving Science

Synonym:

63846 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

David Sobel

Credits:

2

Seats:

18

Semester:

Fall 2009

Meeting Schedule:

Fridays 9/4 - 12/18 (8:30AM-10:29AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction
Required of and restricted to Integrated Learning students through August 13; open to all Education students on August 14.

Science in elementary schools is more than reading the chapter and answering the questions. Observations, hands-on investigations, nature experiences and children?s literature can all provide starting points for developmentally appropriate science curriculum. By ?doing what scientists do?, we will experience problem solving in science first hand and explore ways to initiate science with children. We will also explore building a connection between science inquiry and mathematical problem solving. Topics may include pendulums, stream studies, clay boats, design technology and earth science. We will examine diverse science curriculum materials such as TOPS, GEMS, ESS, MacDonald 5/13 and AIMS and reflect on the current issues and theoretical debates in science education involving pedagogy and standards. This course will be most valuable for students who are engaged in internships or who have access to a group of children to do science curriculum work with during the semester.