Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

EDE 684 Big Ideas of Science

3 lecture hours, 1 conference hour; 4 credits. Education research suggests that students improve their learning and understanding of science when connections are made to essential questions and big ideas. In science big ideas include energy, evolution and matter. This course will enable students to develop deep, transferable understanding and skills by relating the concepts taught in the elementary science curriculum to science big ideas. This course will focus on the development of students' ability to understand the changing world in which they live. They develop this by utilizing a broad range of thinking skills and learning styles to promote meaningful and deep learning. The course will include activities and experiments that address multiple learning styles and abilities, and foster skill development including mathematics, scientific literacy and technical skills. Prerequisite: Matriculation in Sequence I of the Graduate Elementary Education Program or EDE 604 or equivalent