Course code PPFD300

PPFD300 Science and Mathematics Education

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2018 - 2019 .

Course responsible: Birgitte Bjønness
Teachers: Edvin Østergaard, Gerd Eli Johansen, Edvin Østergaard, Solveig Strangstadstuen, Bente Klevenberg, Astrid Tonette Sinnes, Margrethe Naalsund, Nina Elisabeth Arnesen
ECTS credits: 30
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel, January block, Spring parallel, June block.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2006-2007
Preferential right:
Only students taking PPU.
Course contents:
Teaching and learning for sustainable development. Planning, implementing and assessing science and mathematics teaching and learning based on the curriculum, principles for and theories of teaching and learning. Nature of science and mathematics. Phenomenon-based science teaching. Inquiry-based learning. Cooperative learning. Informal and formal assessments. Science education for vocational students.
Learning outcome:


The candidate

- has highly specialized knowledge in science and mathematics education for level 8-13.

- has broad understanding of the school's mandate, the values in the education and the curriculum.

- has highly specialized knowledge in current legal issues and the ability to refresh their knowledge about these issues in the teacher profession.

- has broad knowledge about learning strategies, arenas for learning and working methods characteristic for science and mathematics education.


The candidate

- can plan, implement and assess teaching applying the curriculum, research- and experience-based knowledge.

- can facilitate interdisciplinary learning processes in complex issues.

- can facilitate teaching processes which lead to good subject understanding and social learning processes.

- can identify and work systematically with basic competencies.

- can use varied working methods, differentiate and adopt learning processes and create a motivating and including learning environment.

- can describe levels of competency, asses and document students' learning, give feedback which promote learning and support the students' own ability to reflect on learning. 

- can critically discuss the role of the subject in society and facilitate the use of socioscientific issues in the classroom.


The candidate

- can independently further develop own competency and support the development of both colleagues and the school organization as a whole.

- can critically reflect on subject issues, as well as political and value-based questions, especially related to education for sustainable development.

- can communicate issues in science and mathematical education on an advanced level.

- can build relations to students, colleagues and parents, and cooperate with other persons relevant for the school organization.

Learning activities:
The course is based on practice and student collaboration combined with reflections on practice and theory. In addition, the course is web-based.
Teaching support:
The students will be supervised during the compulsory activities. Student groups for guidance are established.
An overview of course literature is distributed upon course start.
The course is for teacher students who have competencies in programe subjects in science (life sciences, biology, physics, geology chemistry and/or IT) and mathematics.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

Two assignments in science and mathematics education.

Saftety lab-course.

Detailed information on the organisation of the mandatory activities appears in learning managment system.

All required activities must be approved in order to take the exam.


Oral examination, individually.

Mark: A-F.

Nominal workload:
Rated workload is 30 hours per credit. The work consists of gatherings, practical training and work with compulsory activities outside the gatherings.
Entrance requirements:
The course is for students attending Practical-Pedagogical Education (PPU), full-time and part-time.
Type of course:
The course consists of 6 gatherings of 5 days over two semesters.
External examiner approves the examination scheme and assesses the oral examination.
Examination details: Oral exam: A - E / Ikke bestått