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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SCE7697
Tracking Number - 2163
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Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: SCNS approved 8/1/09; Assigned number from 7220 to 7697
- Date & Time Submitted: 2008-06-20
- Department: Secondary Education
- College: ED
- Budget Account Number: 0-1724-000
- Contact Person: Dana Zeidler
- Phone: 9747305
- Email: zeidlerAtempest.coedu.usf.edu
- Prefix: SCE
- Number: 7697
- Full Title: Socioscientific Issues in Science Education
- Credit Hours: 3
- Section Type: D -
- Is the course title variable?: N
- Is a permit required for registration?: N
- Are the credit hours variable?: N
- Is this course repeatable?:
- If repeatable, how many times?: 0
- Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Socioscientific Issues Sci Ed
- Course Online?: -
- Percentage Online:
- Grading Option:
R - Regular
- Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students with an interactive forum to review, analyze, evaluate and discuss topics related to the role of socioscientific issues in science education.
- Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is part of the planned program in the Science Education doctoral program.
- What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is part of the require program in the Science Education doctoral program.
- Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
- What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Doctoral Degree
- Objectives: 1) Students will demonstrate an informed view of the role of socioscientific issues in science education understanding.
2) Students will develop a personal model of scientific literacy that reflects contemporary understanding of the nature of science and its effect on classroom pedagogy.
3) Students will distinguish the conceptual differences among ill-structured problems, controversial issues and socioscientific issues in science education.
4) Students will critically examine, observe, analyze, and reflect on current research trends on using socioscientific and controversial, issues in science education and relate that literature base to classroom practice.
- Learning Outcomes: 1)Students will be able to lead focused discussions on Research Literature. Evidence: Lead facilitator for in-class reading(s).
2)Students will be able to evaluate research-based literature in terms of methodological efficacy and potential contribution to Scientific Literacy and Socioscientific Issues. Evidence: Analysis of current research articles on two SSI studies.
3)Students will be able to demonstrate comprehension and application of Scientific Literacy and SSI literature. Evidence: Completion of a SSI Unit for classroom implementation with pedagogy backed by the research base.
4)Students will be able to critically examine, observe, analyze, and reflect on current research trends on using socioscientific and controversial, issues in science education and relate that literature base to classroom practice. Evidence: Contribution to class seminars and completion of in-class assignments.
5)Students will demonstrate an informed view of the role of socioscientific issues in science education understanding. Evidence: Presentation and Dissemination of SSI Project to class.
- Major Topics: I.Introduction to Socioscientific Issues in Science Education
II.Meanings of Scientific Literacy in Science Education
III.The Role of Moral Reasoning with SSI
IV.The Role of Reflective Judgment with SSI
V.Nature of Science Issues and SSI
VI.Discourse Issues and SSI
VII.Cultural Issues and SSI
VIII.Case-Based Issues and SSI
- Textbooks: Zeidler, D.L. (2007). The role of moral reasoning on socioscientific issues and discourse in
science education. The Netherlands: Springer
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