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Oceanography for Pre-Service Teachers

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Kristen St. John

James Madison University,
a
Public four-year institution, primarily undergraduate
.

Summary

The syllabus describes the goals, objectives, assignments, and schedule used in the James Madison University undergraduate oceanography course for pre-service teachers.


Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Earth System Topics: Oceans
Course Size:
less than 15

Course Context:

This is an upper level science course for undergraduate students who plan to be k-12 teachers, with the majority of the students going into elementary and middle grade teaching. The course meets 5 hours a week and has a multi-day field trip to a marine field station in Virginia.

Course Goals:

Through active participation in this course students should:


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

Content topics are aligned to state and national standards, and these are revisited though-out the semester. In-class activities, homework, tests, and the field project aim to assess the content learning goals.

Skills Goals

Through active participation in this course students should:


How course activities and course structure help students achieve these goals:

I aim to be transparent about the teaching decisions I make with the class. Explaining why we are doing a particular activity in a particular way. In-class work often include discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of activities and how these could be adapted for younger audiences.

Assessment

Student learning is assessed via:

Syllabus:

JMU Oceanography for Teachers syllabus fall 2012 (Acrobat (PDF) 561kB Jun6 13)

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