Syllabus

Class Agendas:  1/20   1/27    2/3    2/10    2/17    2/24    3/3    3/10    3/17    3/24    3/31   4/7    4/14    4/21    4/28  5/5    5/12 

Professor
: Norman Herr, Ph.D.
email: norm.herr@csun.edu
phone: 818 677-2505
offices:  ED 2138;  W.M. Keck Science Education Lab ED2105
office hours:  Tuesdays, 1-4 (please email first)

Time: Tuesdays, 4:00-8:00 PM

Grading - based upon percentage of points earned
93% A , 90% A- , 87% B+ , 83% B , 80% B- , 77% C+ , 73% C , 70% C- , 67% D+ , 63% D , 60% D- , below 60% F 

  • Assignments Dates are listed on website
  • Developing Student Reasoning (30)
  • Semester Plan and Lesson Plans (30)
  • Professional Development (30)
  • Laboratory Development (30)
  • Take Home Exam (100)
  • In Class Final (100)
  • Weekly assignments from book (50)
  • Participation (50)
Catalog Description: SED 525S and SED 525SL must be taken concurrently.  instructional methods and curriculum in teaching science in the secondary school. Developing, adapting, evaluating, and using strategies and materials for teaching science, appropriate both to the special needs of the learners and the special characteristics of the science discipline. Objectives, instructional methods and curriculum in teaching lab-based science in the secondary school. Developing, adapting, evaluating, and using strategies and materials for teaching science labs, appropriate both to the special needs of the learners and the special characteristics of the science discipline. Restricted to candidates officially admitted to the credential program.  

Books (recommended)

Herr, N. (2008). The Sourcebook for Teaching Science – Strategies, Activities, and Instructional Resources.San Francisco. John Wiley. 584 pages. 

Herr, N. & Cunningham, J. (1999). Hands-On Chemistry Activities with Real-Life Applications. West Nyack, New York, Jossey-Bass (Prentice-Hall). 638 pages. 

Cunningham, J. & Herr, N. (1994).  Hands-On Physics Activities with Real-Life Applications. West Nyack, New York, Jossey-Bass (Simon & Schuster), 670 pages.


Objectives
: The primary objective of this class is to equip prospective science teachers with the subject-specific knowledge and techniques necessary to effectively teach the concepts of the physical and biological sciences to today's secondary school students.  By the end of this course students will be able to:

(1) Science Education in America: Describe the system and status of science education in America in an international context and be able to develop criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of science instruction.

(2) Next Generation Science Standards:  Develop lessons that address all three dimensions of NGSS:  science and engineering practices; cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. 

(3) Alignment with California Common Core Standards (CCCS) and English Language Development Standards (ELD). Develop lessons that address relevant CCCS and ELD Standards. 

(4) Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TCPK).  Illustrate TCPK while teaching sample lessons that address NGSS, CCCS and ELD. 

(5) Administration and Management of the Science Classroom: Understand the features of managing a science classroom and identify those administrative techniques necessary for efficient operation.

(6)  Using the Sciences to Stimulate Cognitive Development: Present science lessons in a way that fosters the higher order reasoning required by NGSS.

(7) Effective Teaching Techniques for the Sciences: Employ a variety of effective teaching techniques in presenting scientific concepts.

(8) Motivation Techniques: Identify those techniques which motivate students and develop science lessons which employ such techniques.

(9) Resources for Science Educators: Identify the various resources available to science instructors and develop resource files for lessons that address NGSS, CCCS and ELD

(10)  Professional Growth: Identify and use those resources aimed at promoting the professional growth of the science teacher.

(11) Communicating the Relevancy of Science: Understand and communicate the significance of science in the lives of secondary school students.

(12) Curricular Requirements and the Articulation Process: Discuss the logic of the state science framework and develop logically sequenced curricula for specific science courses.

(13) Specific Ideas for the Teaching of the Life Sciences: Identify and use a wide variety of specific teaching techniques for the life sciences.

(14)  Specific Ideas for the Teaching of Chemistry: Identify and use a wide variety of specific techniques for the teaching of chemistry.

(15) Specific Ideas for the Teaching of Physics & Earth Science: Identify and use a wide variety of specific techniques for the teaching of physics and earth science.

(16) Self Evaluation & Critique:  Assess the effectiveness of one's own teaching.