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  Feb 25, 2018
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog Archived Catalog

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EDU 535 Science and Social Studies Methods (pk-4)

3 Credits

In the Science Methods component of this course, students explore science theory, practice, and pedagogy based upon children’s cognitive development that is appropriate at the PK-4 levels. Contemporary science education research and practice are examined, as articulated in the 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. The Social Studies Methods component of this course is designed to provide students with social science concepts that are taught in the early childhood and elementary classroom settings as well as the various teaching methodologies for the teaching of these concepts. This course helps prepare teacher candidates to become effective social studies educators who are capable of teaching elementary students from PK- Grade 4 the content knowledge, the intellectual skills, and the civic values 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. Through a thematic approach with science, students review the social studies curriculum as it relates to learning and development, differences in learning styles, critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills, active learning and motivation, inquiry, collaboration and supportive classroom interaction, instructional planning, assessment, reflection and professional growth, and professional leadership (based upon pedagogical standards identified by the National Council for the Social Studies). Strategies for engaging and empowering young learners to become active, democratic citizens are also presented.

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