We believe strongly that to be able to teach successfully you must acquire a good understanding of the 'big ideas' of science as well as learning about how to teach Physics.
Your university-based time is therefore divided into two main parts:
Core Science in all disciplines addresses your own understanding of the key concepts underpinning science. Many students approach this theme with excellent qualifications but have never had an opportunity to explore their understanding of these concepts. Our students have said that this part of the course is "thought provoking", "enlightening" and "challenging". You are expected to follow up this work with tutor and peer group support, using the extensive library facilities.
Science Education Issues looks at pedagogical issues relevant to how Physics is actually taught. Some of the teaching for Science Education will take place in a school setting.
The course is organised as three modules:
- Professional Issues in school based education
- Teaching and Learning in the Curriculum
- Self-directed Study
We use various teaching and learning styles to enable you to explore issues such as:
- motivating pupils in science
- questioning strategies
- planning lessons to maximise pupils' active involvement
- planning to allow pupils' understanding to progress
- the value of different types of practical work
- the use of IT to enhance scientific understanding
The science team has an international reputation for its work on teaching pupils the understanding necessary for investigative science. This is often referred to as 'the thinking behind the doing'. The importance we place in this aspect of science is reflected in the course.
You will be based in two of our Partnership schools where you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a live teaching context.
The school-based activities involve structured classroom observations, planning and research projects and practical teaching - the latter starting by teaching individual pupils, eventually leading through group work to full classroom teaching.