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Science Education (ESCI)

5100. Science Education Research Colloquium. 1 (Max. 3). The overarching goal of this graduate course is for Ph.D. students to be exposed to the most recent research methods, results, and implications of research on science education. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

5200. Contemporary Science Education Research. 3. Develop a deep understanding of, and become conversant in, the current trends in research methodology and contemporary scholarly literature in science education research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

5250. Cognition and Learning in Science and Math Education. 3. Develop a deep understanding of, and become conversant in, the current learning sciences literature of cognition and learning focusing on how students learn science and mathematics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

5300. Research in Science Education I. 3. Students develop a deep understanding of, and become conversant in, contemporary research methods in science education. This course focuses on identifying research questions based on gaps in the literature, designing strategies to collect quantitative and/or qualitative evidence, and conducting the first phases of data collections and analysis. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

5350. Research in Science Education II. 3. Part two of the Research in Science Education sequence. Building on the research started in ESCI 5300, students finalize analysis, develop findings, conclusions and implications, and create a viable journal article manuscript. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ESCI 5300.

5600. History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics Education. 3. Focuses on key individuals, theories and events of the past century which have contributed to the formation of current views, ideas, theories, and practices in mathematics and science education. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

5610. Informal Science Learning Environment. 3. This course examines the literature, issues and opportunities related to informal science education environments, such as museums, planetariums, and extracurricular K-12 organizations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

5630. Science Teacher Ed & K12 Professional Development. 3. Addresses philosophies, research, theories and current issues related to pre-service science teacher education and in-service science teacher professional development. This course fulfills core requirements in the Science Education PhD program option. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.


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