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  Feb 25, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

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LSECE 312 Social Studies and Science Methods

6 Credits

This course prepares students to become effective early elementary social studies educators who are capable of teaching the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values that are necessary for fulfilling the responsibilities of citizenship in a participatory democracy. Special attention is given to effective teaching strategies and to addressing the individual and cultural diversity of all learners. Consequently, students examine the social studies curriculum as it specifically relates to learning and development, differences in learning styles, critical thinking, problem-solving and performance skills, active learning and motivation, as well as modes of inquiry. Collaboration and supportive classroom interaction, instructional planning, assessment, reflection and professional growth, and professional leadership (based upon pedagogical standards that have been identified by the National Council for the Teaching of Social Studies) are also studied. In addition, students are also taught science theory, practice, and pedagogy that are based upon children’s cognitive development that is appropriate at the PK–4 grade levels. Contemporary science education research and practice, as articulated in Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology (STEE), STEE Anchor Assessments, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The National Science Education Standards, published by the National Research Council, are also analyzed.

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