This course is designed to study best practices and strategies employed by elementary school teachers that are effective in motivating children to acquire informational skills and develop modes of reasoning, unique to the curricular areas of Social Studies and Science. The emphasis is on addressing current scientific and technological issues and developments within society through literature. This course bridges theory and practice, providing hands-on experience in the application of constructivist learning theory to designing and delivering effective classroom experiences. Methods for teaching elementary school science are explored including strategies and technologies to support student learning as defined by the state and national science standards. Inquiry-based model of learning and assessment emphasized. This course is an interdisciplinary approach to studying science and social studies which incorporates theoretically sound methodologies that emphasize inquiry and discovery based approaches for assisting pupils to become independent thinkers and learners. Coursework, field experiences, assessments, and intervention strategies will be addressed through the development of strong reading skills and habits. The graduate students are expected to plan, author, and present instruction plans demonstrating the use of various methods, techniques, and materials and expand their understanding of the fields of social studies and science
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