Department: Master of Education
Module Description: This module aims to provide students with an overview of major trends and issues of research in science teaching and learning at K-12 schools and college levels. The module assists students to critically acknowledge and analyze readings and interpret data related to science education issues relevant not only at the school and college levels, but also at the policy making level. A major focus is to develop understanding of a range of different types of research studies and research methods in science education, and to draw examples of implications from them for teaching, learning and policy making. One of the main outcome of the module, students are expected to develop a framework to appropriately examine research in science education based on their own explanations of curriculum and instruction foci at school, zone, national or regional levels.
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Forawi, S. A., Almekhlafi, A. G. & Al-Mekhlafy, M. H. (2012). Development and validation of Pre-service Teachers’ Electronic Portfolios in the UAE. US-China Education Review. 2, 1, 99-105.
Forawi, S. A. (2010). Impact of teachers’ conceptions of the nature of science and use of textbooks on students. The International Journal of Learning, vol. 17(5), pp. 281–294.
Forawi, S. A. & Balfakih, N. M. (2009). Effectiveness use of handheld technologies with in- service science teachers and students in the UAE. The International Journal of the Humanities, vol.7(7), pp. 71-83. Request item
Carey, S. (2000), Science education as conceptual change. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, vol. 21, pp. 13-19. Request item
Gelman, R. & Brenneman, Kimberly (2004). Science learning pathways for young children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, vol. 19, pp.150-158. Request item
Matthews, M. (2015). Science teaching: the role of history and philosophy of science. 2nd edn. New York, NY: Routledge.
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Kwan, T. & Texley, J. (2003). Inquiring safely: a guide to middle school teachers. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.
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