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Science Short Courses for Educators 2016

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Matter and Materials – Models of Matter – EDN20010CE

Target Audience: Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 6 Duration: 22hrs SACE PD Points: Pending
The course will provide participating teachers with a better understanding of teaching models of matter, properties of materials and their uses.  This course will focus on the particle model of matter and that natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties and these properties can influence their uses.

Assessment for Learning in Science

Target Audience: Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 5 Duration: 18hrs
SACE PD points: 10
This short course is designed to introduce teacher to formative assessment.  Based on the work of noted British educator Wynne Harlen, this course introduces the Formative Assessment Cycle. The formative Assessment Cycle is a process by which teachers gather evidence of learners’ thinking and use this evidence to decide next steps of teaching. The Assessment for Learning course consists of the five 2-4 hour modules and is designed to be presented in sequence and its entirety.

Fundamentals of Inquiry for Science Teachers – EDN3001CE

Target Audience: Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 5 Duration: 18hrs SACE PD Points: 7
The purpose of the short course is to explore ways to support teachers in moving from structured, hands-on science with teacher-prescribed directions, to a more inquiry-based approach, which allows students to raise and investigate questions. This course is organised into three interactive sessions that clarify the fundamentals of inquiry –based teaching and learning. Throughout the course participants have reflective conversations that allow them to “see into” the professional development design process – from the design of each individual activity to the overall structure of the course.  

Teaching Climate Change for Senior Phase – EDN2013CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 3 Duration: 24hrs SACE PD Points: 10
This short course seeks to support teachers understanding of, and capacity for teaching environmental knowledge and concerns as found within the national curriculum subjects and their cognate disciplines.  It broadens knowledge of teacher to engage with social-ecological concepts, issues and solutions and wider sustainability practices.  In doing so it provides teachers with the tools to enhance their teaching, their learning and development about Climate and Climate Change.  

Experimento: Science Practical Work for High School Teachers – EDN2020CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase and FET Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 3 Duration: 15 hrs SACE PD Points: 10
Teachers will engage in a series of practical tasks in which particular pedagogic strategies will be modeled.  The topics covered focus on energy, the environment and health. Participants will also focus on the purposes of practical work in school science education and how different types of practical activities can be used to achieve particular objectives. Finally, teachers will be guided through some of the on-line science resources available on the Siemens-foundation media portal.

Forces and Light for Natural Sciences Teachers (Blended learning model) – EDN2018CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 1 Duration: 5 hrs contact (10 hrs notional) SACE PD Points: 10
In the first component of the course participants will provided with digital resources related to the content and readings on one or more pedagogic strategy suitable for teaching the content. It could also include relevant video clips, animations and simulations. The seminar will focus on key aspects of the content and pedagogy, and will offer participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the appropriate use of the digital and science practical resources provided. The first school visit will entail a discussion of a set of lesson prepared by the participant, an observation of one of the planned lessons taught by the participant, followed by a post-lesson discussion. This will serve as a formative assessment activity. The second school visit is an evaluation of the participant by the lecturer according to a set of pre-established criteria.

Practical Work for Grade 12 CAPS - EDN2006CE

Target Audience: Grade 12 Sciences Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 14hrs SACE PD Points: 10
Each of these two-day subject and grade-specific courses are run separately and focus on the purposes of different types of practical activities that are prescribed or recommended in the Grade 10-12 Life and Physical Sciences CAPS. The format of each course is essentially the same: working in small groups, participants planned and presented a mock practical examination, which is subjected to critical reflection by the group as a whole. As part of the formal course assessment, participants are expected to compile a portfolio containing assessment items (and associated memoranda) to accompany a revised draft of the practical examination. The Grade 10 courses are intended to enhance CAPS implementation from 2012, the Grade 11 and 12 courses – to prepare teachers for CAPS implementation in 2013 & 2014 respectively.

Organic Chemistry for FET Teachers – EDN2008CE

Target Audience: FET Sciences Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 12hrs SACE PD Points: 7
This two-day course is an introduction to the theory and practical aspects of organic chemistry. It examines the uniqueness of the element carbon, organic families, nomenclature, isomerism, chemical reactions and organic macromolecules. Relevant applications of organic compounds and physical and chemical properties are also dealt with. Demonstrations and hands‐on laboratory experiences will be provided for core practical tasks of the curriculum.

Sustainability Education through Biodiversity – EDN20017CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase and FET Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 18hrs SACE PD Points: Pending
The purpose of this three-day course is to strengthen capacity for the implementation of effective strategies for Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE). The course also aims to support teachers in the delivery of core content about Biodiversity in the new CAPS FET Life Sciences curriculum and aims to improve their practical, foundational and reflexive competencies as environmental educators. During the course teachers will conduct laboratory investigations, do fieldwork and work collaboratively with peers as they grapple with the key environmental issues and develop and model (ESE) strategies. The course is being developed in collaboration with academic departments at UCT and NGO’s and Community organizations involved in Environmental Education.

Introduction to Science Laboratory Management and Safety – EDN20007CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 6hrs SACE PD Points: 7
This short course seeks to build competency of teachers in the management, use and maintenance of science laboratories and storerooms. During the course, participants are familiarized with certain routine laboratory procedures and simple instrument maintenance. The course also seeks to build competency in planning for efficient and effective practical activities and how to facilitate group work.

Chemical Reactions: Natural Sciences - Senior Phase – EDN2004CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 6hrs SACE PD Points: 7
The focus will be on electron configuration in relation to the periodic table, chemical bonding and chemical formulae. Teachers will engage in a series of tasks including the use of computer simulations, which will be blended with appropriate theoretical presentations.
Also covered will be molecular structure, intermolecular forces, balancing of equations and examples of different chemical reactions will be explored. This will include practical tasks, collaborative planning, presentations of lessons and reflections on these lessons.

Electricity for Natural Sciences Teachers – EDN20024CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 6hrs SACE PD Points: 7 The focus will be on the national electricity grid and electric circuits. Teachers will engage in a series of practical tasks including the use of computer simulations, which will be blended with appropriate theoretical presentations.
Electric circuits will also be explored in more detail and the pros and cons of using common analogies in the teaching of circuits will be discussed. This will be followed by a session on the links between science, society, technology and the environment in relation to electricity.

Earth Sciences in the Senior Phase – EDN2021CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 6hrs SACE PD Points: Pending

The short course of interactive workshops, including 
    •    Specialist input by experts for enrichment purposes (context dependent). 
    •    Interactive we-bases learning 
    •    Problem based learning in groups and 
    •    Hands-on practical work

Acids and Bases for Senior Phase Natural Sciences Teachers – EDN2016CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 2 Duration: 6hrs SACE PD Points: Pending

The first session of the course will focus on the properties of acids and bases; and the classification of household substances.  This will be followed by an examination of the different models used to make sense of the chemical properties of these substances leading onto the concept of conjugate acids and bases and the differentiation between weak and dilute acids/bases; and strong and concentrated acids/bases. Participants will engage in a micro-scale experiment.  

In the second session pH scale and indicators will be explored in some detail.  This include some basic pH calculations, the chemical properties of indicators and the colour changes in a number of different indicators (including household substances that can be sued as indicators).  The exploration of these topics will include practical activities and the use of computer simulations and other ICT.  

The reactions of acids and bases and titrations will be covered in the final session. It will include a focus on neutralisation reactions, the reactions of acids with i) mental ii) metal oxides iii) mental carbonates. Participants will develop the relevant procedural knowledge and skills by performing some simple experiments and an acid-base titration.  In each of these session participants will be required to describe how to knowledge and skills acquired, together with the resources provided, would be used in their own school context.

Teaching Climate Change on FET Level 

Target Audience: FET Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 3 Duration: 6hrs SACE PD Points: 10

This course seeks to support teachers understanding of capacity for teaching environmental knowledge.  Teachers are supported in the delivery of the new CAPS curriculum.  

Teaching Water: Social Sciences in the Intermediate Phase  - 

Target Audience: Intermediate Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 3 Duration: 24hrs SACE PD Points: 10

A short course consisting of an interactive session, involving the modeling of a variety of different teaching strategies to actively engage participants with content, subject knowledge and pedagogical knowledge through the context of the theme People and Water.  

Practical Work for Life Sciences Teachers – EDN2008CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 4 Duration: 18hrs SACE PD Points: 7
After an overview of the CAPS curriculum requirements, the next three session will involve a back to basics experience of the core practical elements as specified in the CAPS curriculum.  Teachers will also be able to engage with academics to explore possible ideas and have further discussions to enrich their knowledge. In the final sessions, working in small groups, participants will collaborate to plan and implement a practical assessment. This should include a range of different types of practical activities which learners were expected to cover in the prescribe curriculum.  In this session participants will present a mock practical exam followed by critical reflection on the challenges and constraints of the process

Measurement and Practical work for Natural Science Teachers – EDN2007CE

Target Audience: Senior Phase Teachers NQF Level: 6 Credits: 1 Duration: 12hrs SACE PD Points: 10
In the first session teachers will engage in a series of practical tasks, which assess measurement and practical work competence in the Natural sciences.  This is followed by a session focusing on the reconceptualisation of practical work with an emphasis on learning.  It also supports teachers in developing activities for the under-resourced classroom, and for extending learners.  
The next session explores a teacher professional development model based on collaborative planning, observation and reflection. Teachers will be guided in collaboratively planning, the implementation and assessment of one of a range of different practical activities prescribed or recommended in the curriculum.  They will design the accompanying learning and assessment materials.  In the final session teachers will present a trial lesson while others will be engaged in the practical activity in the role of learners.  Each of these teaching episodes will be followed by a critical reflection and analysis of the lesson by both the presenters and participants.