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General Science (GENSCI) Courses

Upper Division

GENSCI 305 TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL (3-0-3)(S)(Alternate years). A course designed to introduce the prospective secondary school science teacher to an understanding of the nature of science, both as subject matter and as processes of scientific inquiry. Special emphasis is placed on problems of communicating scientific ideas, effective modes of instruction and evaluation, and curricular materials for secondary school science teaching.

GENSCI 400 CONCEPTIONS IN SCIENCE FOR TEACHERS (3-0-3)(F/S). Nature of conceptions of scientific phenomena today’s students bring to science classes and implications of these conceptions for developing new understandings from the research in science learning. Attention given to evidence concerning how, why, and under what circumstances students develop new understandings of the phenomena. PREREQ: PERM/INST.