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Teaching Science in the Elementary School
EDUC-634

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Contemporary methods and research for teaching science to elementary-aged students.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course is designed to help elementary grade teachers improve the skills necessary to effectively teach science in a God-centered manner.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the major concepts in life, physical, and earth science from a biblical perspective.
  2. Use developmentally appropriate strategies to design and deliver instruction in science by developing an interdisciplinary unit with differentiated strategies for all types of learners.
  3. Create a plan to include active inquiry experiences in the teaching of science by using various questioning skills, and developing science process skills {classifying, observing (qualitative—using senses, and quantitative—using measurement), predicting, inferring, analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing}.
  4. Research strategies to encourage diverse groups to engage in the schooling process, especially science and mathematics.
  5. Discuss educational policy issues and professional development by writing reviews of professional organizations that work with science education.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Liberty University Custom: DeRosa, D. A., & Abruscato, J. Teaching children science: A discovery approach. (8th. ed.). Pearson. ISBN: 9781323245033.

(This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book). However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

www.LiveText.com membership: This is a website for portfolio development and the submission of major course assignments.  A one-time purchase is required for all candidates in the Graduate Education program with the exception of the following programs: M.Ed. in Higher Education, Ed.S. in Higher Education Administration, the Ph.D. in Education, and the Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. ISBN: 9780979663567.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, D.C.: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings, journal articles, and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The candidate will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The candidate will create a thread of at least 400 words in response to the provided prompt. In addition, the candidate will provide 3 replies of at least 200 words each.

Science Literature Reviews (2)

The candidate will complete 2 Science Literature Review papers throughout this course. The candidate must choose 2 different journals relating to education and prepare a review in current APA format. Each Science Literature Review must be submitted via SafeAssign.

Science Experiment

The candidate will conduct a science experiment in 2 steps throughout this course:

Science Experiment Proposal

The candidate will complete the first few steps of the Science Experiment including the problem/question, prior knowledge/research, prediction/hypothesis, variables, and plan/procedure.

Complete Science Experiment

The candidate will complete the experiment by submitting data collection, data analysis, and inference/conclusion in addition to the completed Science Experiment Proposal. The complete Science Experiment will be a total of 5–7 pages and must include a title page and a reference page.

Electronic Vocabulary Notebook

The candidate will complete an electronic vocabulary notebook throughout the course. The candidate will use the Word template provided to compile a notebook of at least 10 unfamiliar science vocabulary words.

Chapter Assignments

The candidate will answer specific chapter questions as specified in the Assignment Instructions folder.

Integrated Lesson Plan

The candidate will create one extensive and complete integrated lesson plan for a science unit. The lesson plan will be based on the 5 E’s Learning Cycle and composed using the Lesson Plan Template.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Science Literature Reviews (2 at 50 pts ea)

100

Science Experiment Proposal

50

Complete Science Experiment

100

Electronic Vocabulary Notebook

100

Chapter Assignments (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Integrated Lesson Plan

250

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

EDUC 634

Textbook: DeRosa and Abruscato, Teaching Children Science, e-Book-8th Edition

Module/ Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

DeRosa and Abruscato, Chapters 1, 2, 3

1 presentation

2 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Science Literature Review 1

10

0

0

50

50

2

DeRosa and Abruscato, Chapters 4, 5, 6

1 presentation

2 websites

Science Experiment Proposal

50

3

DeRosa and Abruscato, Chapters 7, 8, 9

1 presentation

2 website

DB Forum 2

Science Literature Review 2

50

50

4

DeRosa and Abruscato, Chapters 10, 11, 12

1 presentation

2 websites

Chapter Assignments 1

100

5

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Complete Science Experiment

50

100

6

DeRosa and Abruscato, Chapters 13, 14, 15

1 presentation

Electronic Vocabulary Notebook

100

7

1 presentation

1 website

DB Forum 4

Chapter Assignments 2

 

50

100

8

DeRosa and Abruscato, Chapters 16, 17, 18

1 presentation

Integrated Lesson Plan

250

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

 

 

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.