The course focuses on the teaching of modern/contemporary science, health and nutrition for children from age 3 to grade 12 with emphasis on learning objectives, curriculum, materials, methods of teaching, and evaluation/assessment. Development and applications of the National Science Standards (NRC) and the Ohio Academic Content Standards and Early Learning Standards as they relate to the early childhood and K-12 levels will be investigated. Multiple teaching methods and intervention techniques for working with students with diverse needs will be examined. Exploration of instructional expectations for students and their differences in developmental levels, science backgrounds, and scientific potential will be conducted. Utilizing technology in the planning and teaching of science will also be addressed in this course. Students will study and apply the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Teaching Standards from the NRC framework: (a) practices, (b) crosscutting concepts, and (c) disciplinary core ideas. A 15-hour field experience is required.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.