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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SCE6738

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-12-01
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number
Comments: Approved by USFSP. To USF Sys 8/14/14. To SCNS after 8/21. Apprd eff 12/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4863 2013-12-12
    Department College Budget Account Number
    EP USFO1STP 511724 10000 000000000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Lyman Dukes 7278734991

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SCE 6738 Trends in STEM Education for Middle Grade Teachers

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    MG STEM Trends
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This course will help students to develop an understanding of the theoretical frameworks and familiarity with literature on the multiple perspectives underpinning Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) education.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. 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 required sequence in the approved Middle Grades STEM graduate degree program.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A Doctoral degree and at least 18 credit hours in the discipline are required.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will:

    (*) be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interrelatedness of issues of

    multicultural STEM education at the local, global and international levels.

    (*) be able to demonstrate willingness to develop multicultural STEM education lesson plans that address the needs of diverse learners.

    (*) read about, discuss, and research issues of importance to teaching and learning STEM from multiple perspectives developing knowledge of strategies for continuous improvement.

    (*) learn to use data from classroom environments for exploring and reflecting on the teaching and learning in STEM classes from multiple perspectives.

    (*) discuss and examine the teaching and learning of STEM among diverse populations and identify ways that educational research informs expert teaching practice.

    (*) develop a STEM lesson from a multicultural/social justice perspective.

    (*) read and analyze research pertinent to issues of teaching and learning of STEM among diverse populations.

    (*) compare and contrast systems education and traditional STEM education

    (*) develop a STEM lesson that reflects systems thinking

    (*) reflect on and discuss their own perspectives on STEM education with respect to the issues discussed in the literature and in class.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Florida Educator Accomplished Practices: The Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs) assessed in this course include:


    f. Develops learning experiences that require students to demonstrate a variety of applicable skills and competencies.


    a. Designs purposeful professional goals to strengthen the effectiveness of instruction based on students’ needs.

    b. Examines and uses data-informed research to improve instruction and student achievement.

    c. Uses a variety of data, independently, and in collaboration with colleagues, to evaluate learning outcomes, adjust planning and continuously improve the effectiveness of the lessons.

    d. Collaborates with the home, school and larger communities to foster communication and to support student learning and continuous improvement.

    e. Engages in targeted professional growth opportunities and reflective practices.

    f. Implements knowledge and skills learned in professional development in the teaching and learning process.


    d. Respects students’ cultural linguistic and family background.

    e. Models clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills.

    f. Maintains a climate of openness, inquiry, fairness and support.

    g. Integrates current information and communication technologies.

    h. Adapts the learning environment to accommodate the differing needs and diversity of students.

    C. Major Topics

    1. foundations of systems thinking; systems thinking as it pertains to middle grades education

    2. Expectations. International and national or regional assessments in mathematics and science (e.g., TIMSS, NAEP, FCAT) in 8-12th grade

    3. Paradigms in STEM, Nature of STEM

    4. Progressive Education from a global multicultural perspective - middle grades education world wide

    5. Sociocultural perspective in STEM education and related classroom discourse

    6. Constructivism; it's place in the middle grades classrooms

    7. Conceptual change; Preconceptions and Misconceptions in middle grade math and science

    D. Textbooks

    No textbook is currently required for this course

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    readings will be provided by faculty on line, example readings include excerpts from:

    Orr, D. W. (1994). Earth in mind : on education, environment, and the human prospect / David W. Orr. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, 1994.

    Curren, R. R. (2007). Philosophy of education : an anthology / edited by Randall Curren. Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007

    Yoon, S. A. (2008). An evolutionary approach to harnessing complex systems thinking in the science and technology classroom. International Journal of Science Education, 30(1), 1-32.

    Aikenhead, G. S., & Jegede, O. J. (1999). Cross-cultural science education: A cognitive explanation of a cultural phenomenon. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 36(3), 269-287.

    Gould, J. M. (1998). Understanding organizations as learning systems. The Strategic Management of Intellectual Capital, 121.

    Weick, K. E. (1976). Educational organizations as loosely coupled systems. Administrative science quarterly, 1-19.

    Ravenscroft, A. (2001). Designing e-learning interactions in the 21st century: Revisiting and rethinking the role of theory. European Journal of Education, 133-156.

    Froyd, J. E. (2008). White paper on promising practices in undergraduate STEM education. Commissioned paper for the Evidence on Promising Practices in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Project, The National Academies Board on Science Education.

    Reed, M. S., Fraser, E. D., & Dougill, A. J. (2006). An adaptive learning process for developing and applying sustainability indicators with local communities. Ecological Economics, 59(4), 406-418.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Homework (weekly ) 20%

    Participation 30%

    Issues Position Paper 30%

    Lesson and Reflection 20%

    Grades based on following:

    A 100%-93% A- 93%-90%

    B+ 90%-88% B 88%-83% B- 83%-80%

    C+ 80%-78% C 78%-73% C- 73%-70%

    D+ 70%-68% D 68%-65% F 64%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    This document represents a new kind of radical syllabus type known as the Process or Negotiated syllabus which is totally different from other syllabi in that it allows full learner participation in the selection of content, mode of working, schedule and route of working, assessment, and so on. It embodies the central principle that the learner's needs are of paramount importance and that the learner brings much to the process of the course. It also respects Knowles’ research on adult learning theory which describes the characteristics of adult learners: who are autonomous and self directed, have accumulated a foundation of life experiences and knowledge, are goal oriented, expect relevancy, are practical and need to be shown respect (Knowles, 1990). Our syllabus can take many forms before we have it completed and your input is necessary for its success. [Borrowed in full from Cynthia McDermott -]

    Actual reading will depend on student selection and direction of course as noted above, but selections can be made from the list of readings shown above.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Reference: USF Regulation USF 3.027 - The following is the portion of the Regulation pertaining to graduate students. To read the entire regulation, go to:

    1. Fundamental Principles

    Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida system’s (University/USF) commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its University community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of one’s own efforts. Knowledge and maintenance of the academic standards of honesty and integrity as set forth by the University are the responsibility of the entire academic community, including the instructional faculty, staff and students.

    2. General Policies

    The following policies and procedures apply to all students, instructional faculty and staff who participate in administration of academic classes, programs and research at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the USF system. This regulation asserts fairness in that it requires notice to any student accused of a violation of academic integrity and provides a directive for discussion between the instructor and student to seek a fair and equitable resolution. If a fair resolution is not accomplished in this discussion, this regulation allows the student continued rights of due process under the academic grievance procedures based upon the preponderance of the evidence. The policies described below are the only policies and procedures that govern violations of academic integrity at the University and supersede any previous policies or regulations.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Middle Grades STEM degree program

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    It is exclusive to the MG-STEM Degree program

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