Earth Science in Secondary Education
Earth Science in Secondary Education is designed to prepare students to teach Earth Science at the secondary level. The three-hour combined lecture/lab course requires students to review major content areas in Earth Science, build new and compile existing lessons and units in these areas, compile a variety of teaching resources, carry out a small research project and start down the path of being a professional science teacher. Several projects help students develop accurate and concise writing in both teaching and scientific formats working in teams and as individuals. Students conduct an earth science research project relating to a local geologic event (such as the Grand River Flood of 1904). Pedagogical experience is gained through work with a practicing teacher. Students develop an original lesson and unit plan, presenting their work orally and in writing, preparing a paper ready for peer review and publication.
For Dr. Mattox's reflections on the course and its design, see Earth Science in Secondary: Role in the Program.
- Increase content knowledge about Earth Science
- Improve skills in teaching science by inquiry
- Demonstrate and highlight connections between Earth Science and astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics
- Engage in geologic research
- Provide teaching materials and resources
- Foster a professional work ethic
- Demonstrate proficiency at addressing the Michigan Curriculum Framework standards and understanding the format of the Michigan Education Assessment Program
- Syllabus & Schedule (Microsoft Word 70kB Jan4 06) Listing of course requirements and timeline of course activities.
- Integrated Science Lesson Format (Microsoft Word 41kB Jan4 06) Format for student-generated lessons program-wide.
- Scoring Rubric (Microsoft Word 60kB Jan4 06) Integrated science scoring rubric.