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Didactics of Science

Code 12148
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 5
Workload PL(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Didática das Ciências
Entry requirements -
Learning outcomes This curricular unit aims to show students the current trends in Science Education. It also intends to teach and guide
students to develop educational didactic tools for Science Teachers and Science Teacher Educators.
At the end of this curricular unit, the student should be able to
- explain the role of Science Education in the development of teacher's skills;
- analyze critically the current trends in Science Education;
- analyze the Science-Technology-Society-Environment (ST SE) perspective in Science Education;
- demonstrate the importance of Education for Sustainability;
- analyze critically Science curricula and textbooks;
- propose assessment methodologies;
- organize Teaching Plans under unifyi ng themes, articulating knowledge and skills with social realities;
- develop educational didactical tools;
- demonstrate communication skills.
Syllabus This course aims to give the student a comprehensive view of the importance of Science Education in the Science
teaching/learning processes
1 Nature of Science
1.1 Science and historical, philosophical, psychological and sociological dimensions
1.2 The Teacher as a creator of learning environments
2 Organization of Science teaching/learning processes
2.1 Structure of scientific knowledge
2.2 Educational skills
2.3 Strategies for Science teaching/learning processes
2.4 Research in Education for Sustainability
3 Curricula in Science teaching/learning processes
3.1 Curricula guidelines and textbooks
3.2 Evolution of Science Education
3.3 Training of Science Education Teachers
1 Analysis and discussion of curricula, programs, textbooks and other texts
2 Research and information processing
3 Development of original teaching materials for deployment in school and scientific events
4 Presentation of the proposed work
Main Bibliography António Cachapuz, João P raia & Manuela Jorge (2002). Ciência, educação em ciência e ensino das ciências. Lisboa:
Ministério da Educação.
William Frederick McCom as [ed.] (2000). The nature of science in science education: rationales and strategies. London:
Ana Ma ria Morais & Isabel Pestana Neves (2000). Formar para o ensino das ciências – uma abordagem filosófica,
psicológica e sociológica. Lisboa: Departamento de Educação, FCUL (não publicado).
Jerry Wellington (2000). Teaching and learning secondary science: contemporary issues and practical approaches.
London: Routledge.
Other elements of study / monitoring:
- Research articles;
- Legislation;
- Curricular projects and programs;
- Portuguese textbooks and curricula reforms;
- Educational software and online resources.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria At the end of the CU students should be able to design, develop and present a didactic tool for Science Education and Communication using different resources. So the CU will be based on presentation and explanation of scientific concepts by the teacher, and his/her orientation in the following activities: ¬ searching the literature in scientific and institutional databases; ¬ analysis and group discussion of selected themes;¬ development of educational resources, for actual implementation. Face¬to¬face and online tutorials are also part of the strategic methodology. Assessment methods and criteria:Development of a didactic tool for implementation in Science Education and Communication learning/teaching contexts (14 points ¬ 70%). Presentation and defense of the proposed work (6 points ¬ 30%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-07-26

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