JSC 301H1: Principles and Practices in Science Education

Welcome to the public course site for a brand new course offering, JSC 301H1 – “Principles and Practices in Science Education”.

This is a new initiative jointly sponsored by departments in the physical, mathematical, and life sciences (hence the JSC – Joint Science – designation) and the Faculty of Engineering. It is being coordinated through the Department of Chemistry, and will initially be co-taught by faculty from the departments of chemistry and mathematics, with input from other departments and outside guest speakers as appropriate.

About This Course:

The aim of this course is to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to education and outreach within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It will cover aspects of current educational theory, effective communication, instruction, and assessment practices, and an introduction to the the Ontario STEM curriculum. Course material will be relevant to all levels of instruction, from elementary through to university and adult (continuing) education, as well as public outreach.

An important part of this course will be an opportunity for students to develop and present a teaching unit, demonstration, or other outreach activity within their subject discipline, at any level. Students will be strongly encouraged to partner with an area school teacher, university instructor, or outreach organization in order to identify an appropriate topic and establish a proper context for their project.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course will be of interest to any student who is considering a possible career in:

Students should be enrolled in one of the STEM discipline subject PoSTs, with at least 8.0 credits (i.e. be in their 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies towards a science or engineering degree.)

CTEP: This course is not really intended for students in the Concurrent Teacher Education Program (CTEP), although they are not presently excluded from taking it. Students in the CTEP program considering this course should discuss it with both the course coordinator and their program advisor before registering.

Additional Information:

This course was offered for the first time in January 2013. Students wanting further information should contact either Dr. David Stone (Department of Chemistry). Additional details will be posted here as they become available.