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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Special Methods Science
Module Code ES472A
School 71
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Lovatt
Semester 2: James Lovatt
Autumn: James Lovatt
Module TeachersIrene White
James O'Higgins-Norman
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To equip student teachers with the ability to define, create and maintain an effective learning environment. To introduce students to contemporary approaches in a range of teaching & learning skills. To develop confidence in a range of initial teaching skills through reviews, analysis, demonstration, peer coaching and guided feedback To provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the content and assessment methodology of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle curricula in curriculum Science in second-level schools. All students are required to participate in Micro-teaching as part of this module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the content, methodology and assessment techniques of the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle syllabus in curriculum Science as taught in second-level schools
2. Map an appropriate teaching scheme for the Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle Syllabus in curriculum Science as taught in second-level schools.
3. Articulate and relate the appropriate teaching methods and specific challenges in delivering curriculum Science as taught in second-level schools.
4. Design a range of resources appropriate for use in the teaching curriculum Science as taught in second-level schools.
5. Work in collegiality with colleagues in the interests of sharing, promoting, developing and supporting best professional practice in the teaching of Science in second level schools.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Input and Reflective
Independent Study24Research on Emerging Pedadogy
Independent Study65Reflection and Research Related to Experience
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Lesson and Scheme planning for Junior and Senior Cycle 2nd level teaching with particular reference to aims, learning outcomes, methods and assessment

Skills Development
Introduction to core teaching and microteaching skills including lower and higher order questioning and varying stimuli

General Methodologies
Introduction to general methods including participative learning methods including, role play, group work and pair work, teacher exposition, concept development and teaching texts

Curriculum and Resources
Exploration and analysis of syllabus, Special Education and diversity

Methodologies for teaching science
Practical classes, Inquiry based learning, Problem based learning, integrating ICT into science teaching, data logging, differentiating science, appropriate assessment for science teaching, using media in science teaching (text, video, animations), teaching data representations through science episodes

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentReflective practice case study relating to research and evaluation of methodological challenges in teaching science100%Sem 1 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    PDEProfessional Diploma in Education

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