ELEM 634: Teaching Elementary School Science K-6 (3)*
Accomplished teachers value the inquiry-based classroom setting as a source of information about their own instruction and pedagogical principles and practices in scientific inquiry. In this course, teachers investigate the elementary science curriculum to update their knowledge and understanding as informed by curriculum standards from national organizations, especially NSTA. Teachers will enhance their competence in science through reading and conducting research in the instruction of science. Teachers will make decisions about applying scientific standards and principles to meet individual and group needs. They will integrate and reflect upon knowledge from both science content and pedagogy to propose modifications to their own real-world classroom curriculum. Through action research, teachers will plan, carry out, and describe a unit of instruction that reflects these insights, such as they might choose for the NBPTS requirement.