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CHE 2781 Methods & Practice of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

This course provides the framework for the development of methods and pedagogy for the effective teaching of science content in secondary schools. Designed to immerse the future teacher in the areas of problem solving, science in everyday life, scientific methods, process-oriented learning, scientific inquiry and integrating technology. The development of pedagogical content knowledge as it pertains to the teaching and learning of science is emphasized. Various assessment strategies are introduced including using data to improve student achievement.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Chemistry
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: BIO 1107 AND CHE 1121 AND MAT 1430 AND PHY 1100 


  • Enhance preservice teachers' understanding of the nature of science, ability to design experiments and to collect and interpret/analyze both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Explore and become familiar with alternative instructional strategies for lecture presentation, demonstrations, and "hands-on" lessons.
  • Design science lesson plans and a science unit that may be implemented in a science classroom integrating math and science curricula.
  • Plan, organize, and teach a science lesson to peers
  • Critique peers' lesson plans.
  • Incorporate the LEARNING CYCLE in lesson planning that encourages hands-on Engagement & Exploration, appropriate techniques to assist students toward self-discovery or Explanation, and provide students with opportunities to Elaborate & Evaluate discovered concepts.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3