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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC2107 Science Education: Issues and Challenges

10 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Professor Jim Ryder
Email: j.ryder@education.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students will normally be expected to have at least one A-level (or equivalent) science qualification.

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module you will explore a broad range of issues, and associated challenges, within science education. You will learn about historical developments in science education, how young people think about science concepts, and approaches to teaching/learning science.

Objectives

The objectives of this module are to enable students to:
1. Explore a broad range of issues within science education, and locate these in an historical context
2. Examine these issues in a range of contemporary formal and informal science education contexts
3. Consider different approaches to teaching/learning science
4. Engage with the design and findings of seminal research studies in science education
5. Explore a specific issue within science education of interest to them, either a school, university or informal science education context

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will have an increased understanding of:
a) Key issues in science education curriculum and assessment
b) The historical development of science education
c) Science education within formal school science contexts and informal education contexts (e.g. museums and science centres)
d) The different ways in which young people understand science concepts and alternative approaches to teaching/learning science
e) The design and outcomes of research in science education contexts


Syllabus

The content of the module comprises:
- Science education in an historical context
- The school science curriculum
- How young people think about science concepts
- Assessment in science education.
- Approaches to teaching/learning science
- Science education in informal education contexts (e.g. museums, science centres)
- Insights from science education research

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Fieldwork14.004.00
Group learning22.004.00
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar22.004.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Pre-reading tasks will be provided for each lecture. The two seminars and educational visit will also require preparation time.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationStudents will work in pairs(with potential for an exceptional group of three if required). They will identify a context of science learning for example in a school, museum of science centre. This could be a specific location (e.g. Science Museum, London) or a notional event (e.g. a Y10 practical lesson on electric motors in a school). They will prepare and record a 12 minute paired presentation with slides in which they draw upon the module themes to: 1. identify a broad range of issues and challenges associated with this context of science learning (six minutes); 2. focus on a single issue or challenge, providing an opportunity to go deeper into the theme and related literature (six minutes).100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

For resits, the verbal presentation will be replaced by a written submission only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:24

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