An examination of contemporary theory, research, and practice on the nature and process of learning. The course explores the biological and cultural factors influencing the patterns of physical, emotional, social, cognitive and moral development of students from early childhoold through adolescence. The application of this understanding to the classroom (especially as this understanding pertains to classroom management, assessment, and instructional design) is emphasized. Certification course.
This course will explore the intersection of theory and practice as it pertains to elementary school classrooms. Specific topics will include curriculum development by exploring and practicing the varied approaches of teaching elementary school mathematics, science and health. There is an emphasis on the use of concrete learning aids and practical experience in local elementary school classrooms. Areas to be covered include objectives and evaluations of math, science, and health education, and learning theory. This course requires a non-credit field placement experience.
This course examines the goals, principles and procedures of science education in elementary schools. Science is examined as both a process and product. Students examine the roles of developing students' science process skills and understanding of the nature of science as these issues relate to teaching science for concept attainment. The role of science-technology-society connections in science education is emphasized. Issues of successful teaching and learning for a broad range of science learners are addressed. This class requires non-credit field placement experience.