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EDCURRIC 708 - Making a Difference – Science

Course code
Making a Difference – Science
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Delivery modes
Weekly Lecture
Course director

Dawn Garbett

Course description

A practice-focused examination of teaching and learning in science at primary and intermediate level, using evidence-based evaluative inquiry to explore the teaching and learning of key science understandings. Includes critical examination of pedagogies in science and research into students’ science learning, including the nature of science.

Course overview

Push back against low engagement and falling achievement levels in primary science education in New Zealand. This course will support you in using science education research to design teaching sessions that are interesting and relevant to students, supporting their achievement of scientific literacy goals. Exploring both theory and classroom challenges, by the end of this course you will be able to identify problems of practice using inquiry approaches, integrate digital technology into your teaching, turn research findings into practical action and more.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, it is intended that students will be able to:

  • Understand important features of debates about the development of the school curriculum in a variety of national and global contexts, including but not limited to, New Zealand.
  • Locate these debates within the literatures about curriculum studies and the sociology of the school curriculum
  • Make links between the ideas discussed in the course and their own experience of teaching in educational settings

Course Coordinators

Megan Clune

Currently scheduled classes

2020 Epsom (Semester 1): Weekly evening sessions on Mondays from 4:00-7:00pm starting from 2 March until 18 May

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This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:

Recommended courses to take with this one

Course code Course name Semester/Campus
EDCURRIC 760 Special Topic: Making a Difference – Mathematics and Statistics 2020 Epsom (Semester 2)

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