The Science Education MA aims to reflect contemporary theory in all aspects of practice in science education: international, formal and informal. Christy Sutton (MEd ’12) was one of only two elementary teachers in Georgia to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Enrollment rates also varied widely with parental education, ranging in 2015 from 56% for students whose parents had less than a high school education to 82% for students whose parents had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Each of the views of science articulated above highlights particular modes of thought that are essential to that view. These views are not mutually exclusive descriptions of science, but rather each stresses particular aspects. Since students need to progress in all aspects, it is useful for teachers to have a clear understanding of each of these components of scientific development, just as they need a clear understanding of the subject matter, the specific science content, that they are teaching. It is also useful at times to focus instruction on development of specific skills, in balance with a focus on the learning of specific facts or the understanding of a particular conceptual framework.
Yet, although they are nearly synonymous, scientific inquiry in schools is not always explicitly tied to problem-solving and critical thinking. The process students learn when creating, executing, evaluating and communicating the results of an experiment can be applied to any challenge they face in school, from proving a point in a persuasive essay to developing a photo in the darkroom. In this way, science is one of the most important subjects students study, because it gives them the critical thinking skills they need in every subject.
As an Educational Science and Technology student, you will take a high-tech approach to your studies while never losing sight of the human dimension. You will learn all about theories of learning and assessment, instructional design and implementation, theoretical foundations and practical applications of (technology-based) learning environments and interventions. You will also discover how to design different learning scenarios and curriculums, and how to translate your designs into recommendations and solutions to practical problems.
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