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EDE 378 Science for ECE & Elem Tchrs
McQuerry, Scott


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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The School for Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practice, prepares educators to be effective school professionals, reflective change agents, and advocates for equity and excellence for all learners.



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The School for Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.

Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


Course

EDE 378 Science for ECE & Elem Tchrs

Semester

FA 2009 HO

Faculty

McQuerry, Scott

Title

Adunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MEd Infortation Science and Learning Technology
Missouri Certification: Unified Science
B.A. Biology

Office Location

CO 211

Office Hours

By appointment only

E-Mail

scott.mcquerry@park.edu

scott@eequalsmcq.com

Web Page

http://www.eequalsmcq.com

Semester Dates

Fall 2009

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

4:00-5:30 PM

Prerequisites

ED 359A and admission to the School of Education

Credit Hours

2


Textbook:
  Course readings will be provided electronically.

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Course Description:
EDE 378 Science for ECE & Elem Tchrs is a course designed to explore how children develop an interest in scientific exploration. Students will observe, design,implement and evaluate activities appropriate for early childhood programs and elementary classroom. Prerequisites: EDE359 and admission to the School for Education. To be taken concurrently with Practicum 2:0:2.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor and the students will work together to establish a foundation for effective standards based science instruction. This course will include experiences that engage the students through active learning. Active learning is developed by acquiring knowledge, understanding through discussion, interactive examples of effective teaching, collaborative groups, portfolio development, and reflective practice. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate confidence and understanding in the methods for teaching science
  2. Successfully construct, instruct, and evaluate diverse science lessons and/or units and include appropriate assessments
  3. Understand, demonstrate, and apply the science inquiry process in a variety of learning experiences.
  4. Creates vibrant and engaging learning environments when teaching and planning science instruction for the unifying concepts and process that are used in each of the science disciplines.
  5. Examine and evaluate resources available to assist the classroom teacher in science instruction
  6. Investigate resources available in the community that can be used as support to the classroom curriculum and develop a standard-specific lesson utilizing those resources


Core Assessment:
personal philosophy of teaching science

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
 

The following assessments meet the requirements of the course learning outcomes in this syllabus.

1.      Inquiry lesson presenation to your peers.  This lesson must be “hands - on” with enough materials for your peers to participate in the activity. This lesson will be one of the required lessons in your unit.

2.       Core Assessment product is the Science Unit that includes:
  • Cover page with your name, the name of the unit and the date

  • Two (2) lessons containing inquiry-based experiments

  • One (1) lesson describing a technology-based experiment (i.e. website or video integration within the unit, hardware use, etc.)

  • Two (2) additional supporting lessons

Lesson plans demonstrate “Constructivist Teaching Methods” resources synthesized in the unit cited, Missouri Science Standards (GLE’s), Early Childhood Standards, activities appropriate for the age you plan to teach, integration with other disciplines, vocabulary, appropriate children’s literature suggestions, methods of evaluation, and other appropriate artifacts and attachments.

3.       Mid-term essay

4.      Science Education Journal reflection paper

5.       Postings of reflective "eLab" questions

6.      Active participation in class discussion and various standards based science activities conducted in class and out of class.

Grading:
 

Assignments    (Tentative)                                                      Point Value

Class Explorations, labs, and discussions (16 x 10 pts)               160         

Reflective eLab Questions                                                            40

Inquiry lesson presentation                                                           20

Science Education Journal reflection paper                                  30

Science Unit Plan (all elements in unit description)                      140

Mid-term essay                                                                        30        

                                                         Total                              420 (total points may change)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will not be accepted for credit unless arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor. Full or partial credit may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor depending on the circumstances that resulted in the assignment being turned in late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 

  1. Please demonstrate respect to your peers, the instructor, the material covered, and any visitors to the classroom. Respect includes listening when the instructor, guest or peer is speaking or has the floor. Remember that respect is something you earn.
  2. Students must recognize that technology can create problems such as printers that run out of ink or hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. Technology malfunctions do not excuse late assignments.
  3. When absences do occur, you must inform your instructor through email three days before the next class session in order to receive an excused absence. It is your responsibility to obtain and turn in the work missed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Note Some Topics and Dates Listed are Subject to Change

Date

Topics

Assignments

Week 1

Introductions and Misconceptions

No homework

Week 2

In-class Discussion on Safety and Technology

Sign up for Presentations

Begin working on your inquiry lesson plan

Week 3

In-class Discussion on Inquiry and Experimental Design

Complete Pre-Lab: Talking about Gravity
Read Physics Units 1-3
Complete Post-Lab: Talking about Gravity

Week 4

 In-class Discussion on Physics Units 1-3

Complete Pre-Lab: Apple in the Dark Read Physics Units 4-6
Complete Post-Lab: Apple in the Dark

Week 5

In-class Discussion on Physics Units 4-6

First group of Presentations

Complete Pre-Lab: Making Sound

Read Physics Units 7-9
Complete Post-Lab: Making Sound

Week 6

In-class Discussion on Physics Units 7-9
 
Second group of Presentations
Complete Pre-Lab: Ice-cold Lemonade

Read Chemistry Units 1-3
Complete Post-Lab: Ice-cold Lemonade

Week 7

In-class Discussion on Chemistry Units 1-3

Third group of Presentations

Complete Pre-Lab: Chemical Bonds Read Chemistry Units 4-6
Complete Post-Lab: Chemical Bonds

Week 8

In-class Discussion on Chemistry Units 4-6

Fourth group of Presentations

Complete Pre-Lab: Seedlings in a Jar

Read Chemistry Units 7-9
Complete Post-Lab: Seedlings in a Jar

Week 9

In-class Discussion on Chemistry Units 7-9

Mid-Term Essay Due

Complete Pre-Lab: Darkness at Night

Read Earth Science Units 1-3
Complete Post-Lab: Darkness at Night

Week 10

In-class Discussion on Earth Science Units 1-3

Complete Pre-Lab: Mountain Age Read Earth Science Units 4-6
Complete Post-Lab: Mountain Age

Week 11

In-class Discussion on Earth Science Units 4-6

Complete Pre-Lab: Going through a Phase
Read Earth Science Units 7-9
Complete Post-Lab: Going through a Phase

Week 12

In-class Discussion on Earth Science Units 7-9

Journal Assignment Due

Complete Pre-Lab: Habitat Change

Read Life Science Units 1-3
Complete Post-Lab: Habitat Change

Week 13

In-class Discussion on Life Science Units 1-3

Complete Pre-Lab: Functions of Living Things

Read Life Science Units 4-6

Complete Post-Lab: Functions of Living Things

Week 14

In-class Discussion on Life Science Units 4-6

Complete Pre-Lab: Human Body Basics

Read Life Science Units 7-9
Complete Post-Lab: Human Body Basics

Week 15

In-class Discussion on Life Science Units 7-9

Thematic Unit Due

No homework

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
MoStep Standards Knowledge Unit Assessment Selection and evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Science Unit Resources:

1. Effectively gathers and evaluates diverse resources and lessons and adapts these sources in the construction of a science unit.

2. Create appropriate assessment strategies and materials for evaluating the effectiveness of the lessons in the unit.

Unit Assessment Materials and Procedures:

3. Explain in detail how the selected assessments align with learning objectives and outcomes.

4. Clearly explain how the assessment strategies selected are appropriate and will help proficient and struggling learners meet each outcome.

5. Detail strategies for student self -evaluation and the accommodations for special needs students that are specific to the lessons objectives and outcomes

 
Science Unit Resources

1. Gathers and evaluates diverse resources and lessons in the development of a science unit.



2. Develop materials for evaluating the effectiveness of the lessons in the unit.

Unit Assessment Materials and Procedures:



3. Explained how the learning objectives and outcomes are aligned with assessments in four to three of the lessons.



4. The assessment strategies are adequate to evaluate the performance of proficient and struggling learners to meet each outcome.



5. Strategies for student self-evaluation and accommodations for special needs students are listed.

 
Science Unit Resources



1.  Gathered  some resources and lesson for the science unit.



2.  Some evaluation of lesson effectiveness suggested.



Unit Assessment Materials and Procedures

3.  Assessments vaguely aligned to objectives in two of the five required lessons.



4.  Some assessment strategies are suggested for performance but no strategies are included for struggling students who are not meeting the outcomes.



5.  Strategies for student self-evaluation and special needs students are implied in two of the lessons.

 
Science Unit Resources



1 and 2 No evidence of effective evaluation of resources or materials for use in the science unit.



Unit Assessment Materials and Procedures



3 - 5 Assessments strategies and or materials not included in the unit.

 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,4,5  MoSTEP Performance Standards 1.1.1,1.1.2, 1.1.4, 4.4.1 Unit Development. sections                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Incorporates the following criteria to create a meaningful science unit:



1.  The unit is an original synthesis with carefully documented resources in the appropriate format.



2.  The work demonstrates creativity and expansion throughout the lessons in the unit and appropriate for curriculum goals that are relevant to the learners.



a. The 17 or more elements listed in the unit requirements are developed thoroughly.



b. The teaching strategies are constructivist, original, demonstrate effective instruction, are well organized, and appropriate for the age or grade level intended.



c. The original author(s) of the lessons included in the unit are identified correctly referenced in APA format.  



d. Artifacts are included, labeled, and are excellent quality.

















 
1.  The unit is an original synthesis with documented resources in the appropriate format.



2.  Most of the lessons demonstrate creativity and expansion.



 a. At least 14 of the listed elements in the unit are well developed.



b. Most of the teaching strategies are original, and organized and appropriate for the age or grade level intended.



c. The original author(s) of the lessons included in the unit are referenced.  



d. Artifacts are included and labeled.





























 
1.  The unit lacks originality with limited synthesis, but resources are documented.



2.  The unit demonstrates a lack of creativity and expansion in the majority of the lessons.



 a. Ten of the seventeen or more listed elements required in the unit are somewhat developed.



 b. Most of the teaching strategies lack originality, but have some organization. Age or grade level appropriateness is questionable



 c. The original author(s) of the lessons included in the unit are referenced.  



  d.  Artifacts are included but are of poor quality. 
1.  Majority of the unit is copied directly from another author or source. The source or author is not referenced or credited with the work.



a. The unit has 5 or less listed elements.



b. Lacks teaching strategies are missing.



c. The unit is unorganized and not developmentally appropriate for the grade level intended.





 d. Artifacts are missing.







































 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,4 Learning Goals/objectives MoStep Performance Standards 4.4.1, 4.4.2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Selects and creates goals/outcomes for the science unit that are aligned with National and State Standards:



1.  Five or more lessons are aligned with National and State Standards.



2  .Five outcomes /goals for the unit are explained at the beginning of the unit and identified in each related lesson.



3.  The evaluation(s) have the appropriate outcome/goal cited.



4.  Two measurable behavior objectives that include various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy for identified for each lesson.



5.  Objectives are developmentally appropriate for the age group intended 
1.  Five or more lessons are aligned with National and State Standards.



2. Five outcomes /goals for the unit are explained at the beginning of the unit.



3.  One measurable objective that make use of Bloom's Taxonomy for each lesson...



4.  Objectives are developmentally appropriate for the age group intended













































 
1. Four to three of the lessons are aligned with National and State Standards



2.  Four to three outcomes /goals for the unit are listed, but not clearly connected to the specific lessons.



3.  One measurable behavior objective for each lesson.



4.  Some of the objectives are not developmentally appropriate for the age group intended.















































 
1. Two or less of the lessons are aligned with National and State Standards.



2. Two or less outcomes /goals for the unit are not listed at the beginning of each lesson.



3. Each lesson does not have a measurable behavior objective lesson.



4.  Objectives are inappropriate for the age group intended 
Concepts Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5,6 Unit lessons Effective Instruction MoSTEP PerformanceStandards 2.2.1,2.2.4,3.1.1,3.1.2, 3.1.3,5.1..1, 5.1.2,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Applies the required criteria to create a constructivist standards based science instructional unit:

1. Construct a neatly organized concept map(based on Missouri GLE's) with directional arrows that show the flow of the ideas and logical connections between concepts and terms.

2. Select a developmentally appropriate science strand to construct a science unit for the grade level intended.

3.  The learning goals/objectives are described, measurable, aligned with Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations.

4. Applies a variety of detailed and creative formative assessments strategies. Summative assessment products are appropriate for the intended grade level (experimental design, portfolio, performance assessment, learning logsā€¦).  

5.  Four or more constructivist lessons that are creative, exciting, motivating and contain the required criteria describe in the syllabus

6.  The Field Trip Lesson Plan demonstrates the 4-e learning cycle, connects to the unit goals, utilizes the diverse community resources to enhance the instruction and contains:.

a. Parent and Principal letters

b. Trip agenda

c. Rationale for the trip. (objectives connection)

d. Trip location the GKC area.

e. Plan has all required elements in the syllabus.

 
1. Organized concept map(based on Missouri GLE's) with directional arrows adequately connect some ideas with concepts and terms.

2. The unit strand mostly developmentally appropriate for the grade level intended.

.

3.  The learning goals/objectives are described, measurable, aligned with Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations.



4. Adequate formative and summative assessments are included for the each lesson.



5.  Three of the lessons are constructivist lessons that are creative and contain the required criteria describe in the syllabus



6.  The Field Trip Lesson Plan connects to the curriculum goals in the unit by utilizing the diverse community resources to enhance the instruction. The plan contains most of the required elements described in the syllabus.

 
1. Concept map does not show the flow of the ideas or logical connections between words and terms.



2. The unit strand is not developmentally appropriate for the grade level intended. instruction procedures.



3.  Several of the learning goals/objectives are not measurable or aligned with Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations.



4. Assessments are not included with the lessons or are not appropriate.



5.  One lesson plan is  constructivist and  contains the required criteria describe in the syllabus.



6.  A Field Trip Lesson Plan is included but does not include most of the required elements listed in the syllabus.

 
Concept map missing.



Alignment with the with the Missouri GLE"S missing



Unit is not developmentally appropriate for the indicated grade level.



Lesson plans lack:

Standards



Required elements listed in the syllabus.



Clarity of procedures for instruction and are not constructivist.  



Lessons are copied directly from internet or other sources.



Proper format (4-E lesson components)



Formative and summative assessments.



Field trip plan not included.

 
Content of  Unit Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2,3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
1. Concept map logical organized, with directional arrows, and error free.

2.  Scientific inquiry processes are presented so that children are discovering the concepts through exploration and experimentation.

3.  Required lessons (5) are communicated in the 4-e learning cycle format.

4.  All synthesized work referenced in APA format..

5. Written instructions and expectations are precisely communicated.

6.  Classroom safety described and logical.

7. Activity sheets and other assessment tools are high quality and error free.

 
1. Concept map organized and error free.

2.  Scientific inquiry processes are adequate for teaching concepts through exploration and experimentation.

3.  Required lessons (5) are communicated in the 4-e learning cycle format.

4.  All synthesized work referenced in APA format..

5. Written instructions and expectations are communicated.

6. Classroom safety discussed.

7. Activity sheets and other assessment tools are of adequate quality and error free.



 
1. Concept map un-organized contains some error.

2.  Scientific inquiry processes vaguely presented.  Very traditional approach with few hands on opportunities for children.

3.  Required lessons have elements of  the 4-e learning cycle missing.

4.  Synthesized work not correctly referenced.

5. Written instructions confusing and contains error.

6. Classroom safety ignored.

7. Activity sheets and other assessment tools poor with error.

 
1. Concept map poor quality or missing

2.  Scientific inquiry processes missing.

3.  Required lessons missing learning cycle.

4.  References missing

5. Written instructions poorly communicated.

6. Classroom safety ignored

7. Activity sheets and other assessment tools poor quality many errors.

 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1,2,3,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Well written science unit, free of grammatical and typographic errors. All required components are included and clearly identified.

1. Cover page/references

2.MLO/GLE/outcomes/objectives

3.  Concept map

4.  Blooms Level

5.  Five constructivist lesson plans (4-e learning cycle).

6.  Assessment strategy

7.  Essential vocabulary

8.  Children's literature.

9. Integration with other disciplines.

10.  Science safety planned in unit.

 
There are a few minor grammatical or typographic errors.

All of the required components are included and identified.



 
Unit lacks proof reading.

Three of the required components are missing or not identified.



 
Poorly written with many grammatical errors.

Four or more of the required components are missing or not identified.

 
Science Literacy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
MoSTEP 1.2.1.1; 1.2.1.2 Unifying Concepts and Processes SSC: 1.2;CR Gen Ed; ACEI: Standard 2b.NSTA Standard 1NSES: UCP-1-5)(1.1 systems, order, and organization; 1.2 evidence, models, and explanation; 1.3 change constancy, and measurement; 1.4 evolution and equilibrium; 1.5 form and function.)                                                                                                                                                                                                               
1 .  High quality application of the unifying concepts and processes are easily identifiable in each required lessons in the unit.  

2. Science knowledge and processes are clearly described in each of the required lessons in the unit.  

3. Excellent strategies for teaching the major science concepts and principles are relevant to the theme and how students learn. The is scientific information included in the strategies accurate and developmentally appropriate for the intended grade level

 
1. The unifying concepts and processes are identified in each required lesson in the unit.  

2. Science knowledge and processes are described in most of the required lessons in the unit.  

3.  Strategies for teaching the major science concepts and principles related to the theme included. The information included in the strategies is scientifically accurate and developmentally appropriate

 
1. Some reference to the unifying concepts and processes with minimal application in the lessons.

2.  Science knowledge and processes are listed.

3.  Strategies for teaching the major science concepts and principles are not developed or are not grade level appropriate

 
1. Did not apply or reference the unifying concepts and processes in the unit.  



 
Science As Inquiry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Outcomes
SSC: 1.1,1.4; CR SSC: 1.2;CR Gen Ed; ACEI: Standard 2b.NSTA Standard 3 NSES: e-A1, A2;S7; ETS 0011: 111. 3- 4)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
1.  Required lessons provided opportunities for students to participate in scientific inquiry as a result of the lessons and experiences designed in the unit.

2.  Planned expansion of the lessons lead to students (a) asking questions that lead to investigations; (b) use of appropriate tools to gather data appropriate to the investigation; (c) develop descriptions, explanations, predictions and models; (d) think critically /logically using the data to explain results of observations/experimental results, draw conclusions.

 
1. The required lessons provided some opportunities for students to participate in scientific inquiry as a result of the lessons and experiences designed in the unit 1. Opportunities for students to participate in scientific inquiry are vaguely alluded to but not described. 1. Opportunities were not developed the unit to involve children in scientific inquiry. 

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