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Fall, 2014

SEC 406 - Theory and Practice in Teaching Secondary Science (4)

Emphasis on theory, curriculum development (including interdisciplinary and global), inquiry, critical thinking, classroom management, instructional strategies and selection of appropriate instructional materials. Successful planning and teaching practices with adaptations to diverse needs of students will be discussed.

SEC 506 - Advanced Theory and Practice Teaching Secondary Science (3)

Focus on the connections between theory and practice in teaching science with emphasis on the role of inquiry in informing instruction. Opportunities to design and implement lessons in science using a variety of instructional strategies that meet curriculum objectives, as well as address the needs of diverse learners. Reflection and self analysis are emphasized throughout the course.

SEC 500 - Field Experience in Secondary Schools (3)

Designed to provide supervised and on-site field experiences in public school classrooms in support of the secondary methods courses and secondary school organization. Focus on observation, teaching, reflection and pedagogically appropriate practice with secondary students. Emphasis on integration in order to promote theory into practice.

  1. Syllabus
  2. General Expectations (.pdf)
  3. Field Experience Verification Log (.pdf) / (.doc)

Summer, 2014

Graduate: EDN 595 / EVS 592 - Island Ecology for Educators 
Undergraduate: EDN 492 / EVS 485 - Island Ecology for Educators 

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Both undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring the potential of using informal learning settings for effective science education of children are encouraged to enroll. Through interaction with resources and experts, students will develop readily accessible, web-based materials through engagement in field based exploration of plants and animals of coastal ecosystems and environmental issues. The Island Ecology for Educators class focuses on both science content and pedagogical resource development. Our home-base will be the classroom at the visitor center at Carolina Beach State Park.

Information Sheet (.docx) - please complete the information and submit to Dr. Taylor (taylorar@uncw.edu) by Tuesday, May 21st.

Undergraduate Syllabus (.pdf)
Graduate Syllabus (.pdf)

Calendar May (.pdf) and June (.pdf) - Students will find an overview of class days, times, and topics on this web page. There are two monthly calendars reflecting the five week summer I class over two months.

Schedule (HTML) - Students will find a detailed and daily class schedule. All class days, times and locations can be found here. You will also find guest speakers, topics, linked readings and assignments on this web page

Facebook Link: Island Ecology for Educators

 

EDN 647 - STEM Leadership in Schools and Districts

This course examines the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that relates to curriculum development, instruction practice and leadership integration in schools and districts.  Leadership involves knowledge of the curriculum, resource allocation, sustainability and dissemination, and taking action to be an agent of change in a community.

Graduate Syllabus (.pdf)


Spring, 2014

Undergraduate: EDN 455 - International Field Experience to Belize (3)

Graduate: EDN 592 - International Field Experience to Belize (3)

The purpose of this course is to provide teacher candidates with: 1) active participation in a five week field experience in a Belize using an indigenous curriculum; 2) the opportunity to teach lessons during an international field experience, thereby giving students an opportunity to collaborate with Belizean teachers and provide instruction to Belizean children, merging US teaching methodologies with Belizean strategies; 3) and negotiating understanding of each participant’s conceptual framework with an international educational framework.


Fall, 2013

SEC 406 - Theory and Practice in Teaching Secondary Science (4)

Emphasis on theory, curriculum development (including interdisciplinary and global), inquiry, critical thinking, classroom management, instructional strategies and selection of appropriate instructional materials. Successful planning and teaching practices with adaptations to diverse needs of students will be discussed.

SEC 506 - Advanced Theory and Practice Teaching Secondary Science (3)

Focus on the connections between theory and practice in teaching science with emphasis on the role of inquiry in informing instruction. Opportunities to design and implement lessons in science using a variety of instructional strategies that meet curriculum objectives, as well as address the needs of diverse learners. Reflection and self analysis are emphasized throughout the course.