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Science Semester

Page prepared for SERC by Heather Rissler in consultation with John Madsen

A discussion of the design and implementation of Science Semester, an interdisciplinary course serving pre-service teachers at University of Delaware, Newark created by Dr. John Madsen .

A description of this course and its goals is available.

What Role Does this Course Play in Teacher Preparation?

Science Semester provides students with:

How does the Course Address Each Role?

How do Students Integrate Learning & Teaching?

During Science Semester, students complete an investigation that focuses on student learning and effective practices for science education. Through micro-teaching, peer evaluation, working with science kits, and evaluating science education standards, students are able to integrate learning and teaching.

How does the Course Transition Pre-service Teachers into the Classroom?

Science Semester provides broad science content and methods in teaching elementary science. Students who complete Science Semester use tools and lessons from the course during their student teaching. The course models inquiry based learning and problem-solving skills that students can use in their future classrooms.

How is the Course Content Aligned with the National Science Education Standards?

Students evaluate state and national science education standards and alignment of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and standards.

How does the Course Meet Certification Requirements?

The course meets Delaware state certification requirements.

What Challenges have been Encountered in Teaching this Course? How have they been Resolved?

Challenges that have been encountered in teaching Science Semester include: