ED5540: Teaching Science in Three Dimensions: The NGSS in Theory and Practice

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Online Graduate Course for Middle and High School Science Teachers: Spring 2016 Semester; Application and Online Instructions

Michigan Technological University’s Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, in partnership with the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform (MI-STAR) project, will be offering an online graduate course during the Spring 2016 semester (January 11 to April 29). This course may be used as an elective for MTU’s Applied Science Education Master’s Degree or towards professional certification.

This course examines the Next Generation Science Standards and Framework for K-12 Science Teaching (NGSS), the theory underlying them, and what it will take for teachers to transform science teaching practice in ways that align with these standards. The course will focus on critiquing and developing lessons and assessments that incorporate the three dimensions of disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. The benefits and challenges of integrating across science and engineering disciplines will be discussed.

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