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.
During the final semester of the undergraduate program, the portfolio, based on the 11 Missouri Beginning Teacher Standards and the Rockhurst Department of Education Standard 12, is submitted, evaluated, and presented using Live Text. An Education Department faculty member who will read and evaluate both the initial and final submission of the portfolio will be a student?s portfolio coach. The portfolio coach will also work individually with the student to prepare for the oral portfolio defense. Meetings between the student teacher and portfolio coach will be scheduled as needed. Corequisite: ED 4900.
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.