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This course focuses on the development of Number, Operations and Relationships in the early primary grades (R - 4). It aims to enhance theoretical and practical understanding of number concepts development.

TEACHING CLIMATE CHANGE

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.

Duration: 24.00 hrs
Target Audience: Life Sciences teachers (Grades 10-12)
Course Convener: Andrew Petersen
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 3

SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION THROUGH BIODIVERSITY

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.

Duration: 18.00 hrs
Target Audience: Grade 10-12 Life Sciences teachers
Course Convener: Andrew Petersen
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 2

PRACTICAL WORK FOR GRADE 10-12 LIFE AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

The SDU is able to offer two-day subject and grade-specific courses which are run separately. The focus in each instance is on the purpose 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.

Duration: 12.00 hrs
Target Audience: Grade 10-12 Physical and Life Sciences teachers
Course Convener: Gillian Kay & Andrew Petersen
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 2

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY FOR FET TEACHERS

The curriculum link of this course is the topic: 'Matter and Materials' in Grade 12 Physical Sciences. 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.

Duration: 12.00 hrs
Target Audience: Senior Phase (Grade 7-9) mathematics teachers
Course Convener: Gillian Kay
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 2

MINING AND GEOLOGY FOR NATURAL SCIENCES AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES TEACHERS

This short course introduces foundational ideas about the dynamic earth and rack and mineral classification. It provides an overview of the location of the major mining activities in South Africa. The recovery of resources as well as the economic and environmental impact of the mining of iron, gold, phosphates and fossil fuels will be examined. Alternative energy resources will also be discussed. Participants will engage with locally produced materials and how to use them in the classroom.

Duration: 12.00 hrs
Target Audience: Natural Sciences and Physical Sciences teachers
Course Convener: Gilbert Dolo
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 2

MATTER AND MATERIALS - MODELS OF MATTER

The course will provide participating teachers with a better understanding o 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.

Duration: 22.00 hrs
Target Audience: Teachers of Natural Sciences (Grades 4-7)
Course Convener: Nomvuyi Mgoqi
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 6

INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE LABORATORY MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY

Duration: 6.00 hrs
Target Audience: All Physical, Natural and Life Sciences teachers
Course Convener: Gillian Kay & Andrew Petersen
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 1

FUNDAMENTALS OF INQUIRY FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS

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 learners 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.

Duration: 18.00 hrs
Target Audience: All teachers of Physical, Natural and Life Sciences
Course Convener: Nomvuyi Mgoqi
NQF Level: 7
NQF Credits: 5

ELECTRICITY FOR NATURAL SCIENCES TEACHERS

This short course will develop teachers’ knowledge about generation of electricity, the national grid and electric circuits. It will expand the range of pedagogic strategies that teachers are able to employ in the science classroom when teaching this particular topic. The aim is to improve the quantity and quality of science practical work related to this topic.

Duration: 12.00 hrs
Target Audience: Senior Phase natural Sciences teachers
Course Convener: Gillian Kay
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 3

ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING IN SCIENCE

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 Cycle is a process through which teachers gather evidence of learners’ thinking and use this evidence to decide next steps of teaching. The Assessment for Learning course consists of five 2-4 hour modules and is designed to be presented in sequence and its entirety.

Duration: 18.00 hrs
Target Audience: All teachers of Natural, Physical and Life Sciences
Course Convener: Nomvuyi Mgoqi
NQF Level: 6
NQF Credits: 5