Issues in Science Education
A Postgraduate Certificate Course for Secondary Science teachers.
Course Co-ordinators: Sue Bull and Dr Maarten Tas
This practical and relevant course will provide you with the opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge, skills and understanding of issues in science education. The course is generally run on conjunction with other Science Learning Centre run courses and so there are various options for its provision. For 'enquires' see below.
The course aims to:
- Enhance participants' knowledge and understanding of models and theories relevant to the learning and teaching of science.
- Develop a sound understanding of theoretical frameworks relating to the learning and teaching of science and relate these to participants' own experience.
- Explore a range of issues of current interest and concern in science education including assessment, the use of technology, pedagogic approaches, socio-cultural issues and misconceptions etc.
- Develop participants' research expertise so there are enabled to complete an action research project related to science education.
- Encourage the critique of relevant research in the learning and teaching of science.
Who can join the course?
The course is aimed at teachers/lectures working in schools and colleges and focuses on school/college-based work and interests.
When does the next course start?
The course starts November 2013.
What does the course involve?
The taught element of the module is flexible and will be determined between the course leaders and participants over 6 to 7 sessions
- A range of activities
- Individual totrials
How is the course assessed?
The course will consist of two modules and the assessment for this module is in four parts, with submission dates spread across the year:
- Broadening and Deepening scientific knowledge
- Engaging with Research
- Extending your understanding of pupil's learning
- Developing understanding of pedagogy.
What is the outcome of the course?
Successful completion of the course gives 60 credits at Masters level. (Level 7 in the National Qualification Framework). This Postgraduate Certificate course is part of the University of Leicester's part-time MA in Education: Learning and Teaching.
The course fee for this programme 2013-2014 is dependent on the options taken. Please contact the department for further information.
How to Apply
To request further information and an application pack please follow the links below and select 'CPD for teachers' under level of study.
For specific enquiries about the Postgraduate Certificate in Issues in Science Education, please contact Sue Bull at the Science Learning Centre on:
Telephone: 0116 252 3771
Science Learning Centre
The School of Education is part of a network of Science Learning Centres which work together to support teachers in enhancing their professional skills by learning more about contemporary scientific ideas and in experimenting with effective teaching approaches and gaining experience of modern scientific techniques.
The University of Leicester runs the Science Learning Centre East Midlands, the main Centre is based at the University's School of Education with satellite Centres across the region.
Our centre runs a variety of relevant and vibrant courses designed to enhance your science teaching: