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ED30006: Issues in science education

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 3500 words (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to consider some of the current issues in science education and to explore and examine some of the key implications for teachers of science in primary and secondary schools.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students should be able to:
a) explain the significance of developments in science education;
b) give examples of the practical consequences of these developments at the classroom level;
c) explain, where appropriate, basic implications for curriculum developers and policy makers in science education.

Written communication (A), Oral communication (F), Presentation (F/A), Self-directed learning (F), Problem analysis, Research and reflection (F/A).

The issues will change from time to time, examples include: the nature of science; the role of ICT in science education; developments in children's learning in science (e.g. the Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education); the nature of assessment of science (with a focus on diagnostic assessment); the role of language in science education; recent developments in practical work; personal and professional subject knowledge; scientific literacy and the implications for the Public Understanding of Science. See website pages for full detail.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED30006 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take either as a Director of Studies approved option within their programme of study or as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

ED30006 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry

ED30006 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
Department of Physics Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
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