Teaching Scientific Literacy For Sustainable Futures
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2009
This courses focuses on the teaching and development of scientific literacy. Using a multiliteracies framework, the course explores scientific knowledge as represented in written, graphic, and digital forms. It aims to assist students to make connections between scientific knowledge as generated through disciplined inquiry, and questions derived from their everyday experiences. It will assist students to represent and communicate scientific ideas, understandings and information; and to teach scientific concepts competently to their future students.
Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. An understanding of the competing definitions of scientific literacy;
2. An understanding of the multimodal forms of scientific communication;
3. A knowledge of a wide range of practices and texts supporting the development of scientific literacy;
4. An understanding of how scientific knowledge may be related to students' everyday lives;
5. An ability to engage in discourse of and about science;
6. A capacity to evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it.
7. A capacity to design instruction that challenges alternative conceptions of scientific phenomena.
This course will address:
1. The Multiliteracies Framework.
2. Constructs of Scientific literacy.
3. Subject specific vocabulary, metalanguage, and language structures and features of scientific discourse.
4. Pedagogies for developing the scientific literacy of young children.
5. Pedagogical approaches for challenging alternative conceptions of scientific phenomena.
Students who have completed EDST2090 should not be permitted to enrol in EDUC4802.
Completion of EDUC2744 and SCIM2030 or other Science Studies would be advisable but is not essential.
Modes of Delivery
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Email Discussion Group
Lecture: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term