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School of Education - Indianapolis Spring 2019 E328 Syllabus January 5, 2019 SYLLABUS Education – E328 Section 20858 Science in the Elementary School Class and Field – 9:00 am – 10:45 am Mondays IPS Daniel Webster School #46 1450 S Reisner St, Indianapolis, IN 46221 INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION Mark D. Kesling, MS Ed. Telephone: 317-833-2783 (Cell) [email protected] Office hours: By appointment only. Please email or call ahead to schedule a time to meet. COURSE OVERVIEW Science in the Elementary School (E 328) builds on the understanding and skills that you have developed in Block I, during other science courses (Q200 among others), and from experiences you have had during your life. In this course, you will continue to develop your understanding of how children make meaning of the world around them. I believe that how well you come to understand how they learn, will strongly influence the way you make instructional decisions, create assessments, and interact with families. The following common statements about learning have a profound effect on how we teach and ultimately on how your students learn. I encourage you to discover your own responses to these statements and to reflect on how they may change during the semester based on firsthand experiences with the students. Each statement offers a differing view of education and hopefully will cause you to think about your own statements and thoughts. They are meant to be provocative and to represent the beliefs of the professor nor what is expected of you in this course. 1. All children can learn 2. Children misbehaving is a sign of disrespect 3. We all have different learning styles 4. Hands-on learning is best 5. Everyone learns differently 6. Some children and families just don’t care about their education THEORETICAL APPROACH Constructivist Scientific Inquiry – Constructivist pedagogy is a belief about learning that is based on the notion that reality cannot be seen as a set of truths to be given to Education – E328 Section 21631 Science in the Elementary School 1
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2 the learner. Learning is a process in which individuals create their understandings from interactions between what they already know and what they encounter through interaction with objects and/or people. This requires that your students 1) be engaged in scientifically oriented questions, 2) give priority to evidence in responding to questions, 3) formulate their own explanations from evidence, 3) connect explanations to scientific knowledge, and 4) communicate and justify their explanations. Teaching as Reflective Practice - The underlying assumptions of this COURSE include: 1) teaching is not separate from research; 2) theory and practice are interdependent and constantly shifting in response to the educational environment; 3) inquiry sits at the center of the education process, and 4) self-study stems from educator’s questions and reflections of their everyday practice and their desire to improve teaching and learning.
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