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College of Education: Center for Science Teaching & LearningSCI 661: College Science Teaching IFall Semester 2004, 3 credit hoursInstructors: Dr. Catherine Wilcoxson UeckertDr. Julie Gess-NewsomeRoom: Chem 105Office: Bio 246Chm 101Time: Mondays 4:10-6:30 PMPhone: 928-523-7026928-523-9527Office Hours: TBAE-mail: [email protected]@NAU.eduCourse prerequisites: NoneCourse description: This course is the first of two designed to assist graduate students and new or future science faculty in the conceptualization, delivery, and assessment of science courses taught at the college level. While findings from the research literature provide a basis for the techniques discussed and presented, these courses emphasize the practical elements of planning and teaching, as well as searching for, selecting, and interviewing for a college science teaching position. This first course will focus on understanding the nature of and influences on science teaching at the college level and will develop skills in the planning and delivery of science instruction using various methods and techniques. The second course will focus on issues related to student learning and assessment, course and program planning, professional development opportunities in higher education, and the development of job application and interview skills. As a result of this course sequence, the participant will develop a professional portfolio that may be used as part of the exit criteria for a degree program and will act as job application tool.Student Learning Expectations/Outcomes: As a result of this course, the student will know and/or be able to do the following:A. Develop a statement of career objectives based on discovered similarities and differences in college science teaching settings.B. Analyze personal beliefs about the goals of science teaching and the nature of science teaching and learning.C. Relate the goals and visions of the National Science Education Standards to personal beliefs about college science teaching by developing a robust definition of the nature and goals of science instruction. D. Create student learning expectations and outcomes that are in alignment with stated goals and objectives for science teaching and learning.E. Gain exposure to and practice in planning and implementing science teaching methods and techniques that have been shown to positively impact student outcomes.F. Define safe teaching practices as they relate to laboratory and field experiences through the development of a safety checklist.G. Design and annotate a college science course syllabus that matches beliefs about teaching and learning, knowledge about the disciplinary content, and that contains best practices in teaching and learning.Course structure/approach: This course will use the following teaching/learning techniques: readings and discussions; exploration and analysis of college teaching settings, courses, and instructors through web research and interviews; experiencing lessons designed from best practices; lesson planning and microteaching to peers with written reflection; interaction with guest speakers; and written reflections.Textbook and required materials:Michael, J. A. & Modell, H. I. (2003). Active Learning in Secondary and College Science Classrooms: A working model for helping the learner to learn. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates,Inc. ($15, available at CSTL).Flinn Chemical & Biological Catalog Reference Manual 2004. Batavia, Il: Flinn Scientific Inc.(free, available at CSTL).McKeachie, W. (2002). McKeachie’s Teaching Tips. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. ($15, available at CSTL).National Research Council. (1996). National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. ($15 new, free from the CSTL, or available as a PDF file for free download at, E.D., & McIntosh, W.J. (2001). College pathways to the science education standards. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. (free, available at CSTL)Uno, G.E. (1999). Handbook on teaching undergraduate science courses: A survival training manual. Stamford, CT: Thompson Learning. ($15, available at CSTL).Recommended optional materials/references:Bybee, R. (Ed.). (2002). Learning science and the science of learning. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. ($21.50+ s/h from NSTA. Permission to copy for classroom use pre-approved by NSTA.) Chronicle of Higher Education. Subscription rates: $8 for 6 months. Electronic access at Some features are only available with a subscription.Druger, M., Siebert, E.D., & Crow, L.W. (2004).Teaching Tips: Innovations in undergraduate science instruction. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. National Research Council (2000). Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A guide for teaching and learning. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.Shmaefsky, B. (2004). Favorite demonstrations for college science. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press. ($25.56 + s/h or download for free as a PDF file from Product number PB185X)Course outline:Week Date Topic ReadingDue*Assignment Due1 8/30 Teaching Science in Higher Education2 9/6 No Class- Labor Day Vacation3 9/13 Analysis of College Science Teaching PositionsMcK: 1, 3; Uno :2, 13 Job ads4 9/20 Influences on Science Education at the College LevelNSES: Overview, 1, 2; CP: 1, 4; Uno: 6; Selected readings5 9/27 What is Science? NSES:3, 6; LSSL: 3 Faculty Interviews6 10/4 Ways to Organize Science Learning Uno 4, 6 Career Objectives7 10/11 Science Teaching Methods and Lesson PlanningUno: 10; McK: 58 10/18 Microteaching Lesson Plan9 10/25 Increasing Student Interaction Uno: 11; McK: 4, 1810 11/1 Demonstrations, Labs, and Lab Safety McK: 19, LSSL 8, Selected:TBA (Flinn)11 11/8 Creating the Syllabus Uno: 12,13; McK: 2 Safety Checklist12 11/15 Microteaching Lesson Plan13 11/22 Educational Philosophies and ObjectivesUno: 1, 8 (1-7)Objectives14 11/29 Educational Philosophies and Field Trips McK: 16, 20, 21; Selected TBAEd Phil Draft- Content & Teach15 12/6 Teaching with Technology Uno :9; McK: 1716 12/13 Active & Cooperative Learning(Finals Week - Class time from 3-5)McK : 15 SyllabusEd Philosophy* McK = McKeachie. CP=College Pathways. LSSL=Chapter from Bybee. NSES = National Science Education Standards. All numbers refer to chapters.Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: The following is a brief description of the assignments that will be completed as a part of this class. Additional

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