Changes in Science Education OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Science Education Course by The Open University

Published Feb 14, 2009

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What is science? What kind of science is at the foundation of science education? What is involved in planning an effective science curriculum? 'Changes in Science Education,' a free OpenCourseWare offered by The Open University, examines these and other questions related to science education in the United Kingdom. This course is intended for education professionals and students interested in studying Education and related fields.

Changes in Science Education: Course Specifics

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Changes in Science Education: Course Description

'Changes in Science Education' is an OpenCourseWare from The Open University that takes a look at major changes that are under way in the planning and delivery of science courses in the United Kingdom. These changes are centered around the 'science for citizenship' concept. The course begins by looking at the reasoning for educating students in science and developing a definition of science itself. The course also examines some of the practical problems of delivering science at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels. These issues provide a foundation for considering the feasibility of radical changes in science education. This free undergraduate-level course takes about 20 hours to complete. The class is aimed at primary, secondary and tertiary science school teachers, as well as administrators who plan science curricula.

Online course materials include online unit notes, suggested readings and learning journals and discussion forums. If you are interested in taking this free course from The Open University, visit the scientific education course page.

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