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This subject focuses on the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary science education. It will provide the foundational knowledge needed to successfully teach, design and evaluate integrated curricula by focusing on research and best practice in interdisciplinary science education.
The subject will explore issues at the level of the curriculum in relation to national policies, and at the level of the classroom, pedagogies and assessment. Relations between the sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology and arts (STEM or STEAM) and the balance between disciplinary knowledge and (generic) skills will be discussed. Also the broader societal context will be addressed: how can interdisciplinary science education contribute to the preparation of all students for future studies and careers?
An important focus throughout the subject will be on what interdisciplinary science education might look like (units, projects, modules), and what purposes it might serve. The subject will take a particular focus on how to design, resource, implement, and assess STEM units.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Analyse an integrated unit for science education, applying the principles behind curriculum design, integration and evaluation
- Use and apply general principles and knowledge into the design of an integrated unit for science education
- Critique existing learning sequences, applying theoretical understandings and educational theory
- Redesign and justify integrated curriculum modifications, using research and theory
- Critical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
- Active and participatory citizenship.
Last updated: 10 February 2024