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Investigating science and nature in primary schools


Science and Technology for Primary School Teachers

7.5 credits

This course offers a basic introduction to biology, chemistry, physics and technology for primary school teachers. The focus is on practical, inquiry-based investigations in which experimentation, laboratory work and excursions promote the understanding of, integration with and application of a scientific approach.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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Valuable skills for learning and reflection An understanding of how to use a scientific approach to the world around us will not only increase your skills and abilities in the classroom, and thus benefit your pupils, but will also be advantageous in your private life. Knowing how to plan, observe, assess and document phenomena is valuable in many areas of life, both at home and professionally. Read about research in this subject
Observing and investigating the natural world On this course, you will learn to use natural phenomena and everyday technologies as starting points for learning, and to reflect on the links between science, technology, people, society and nature in current and historical contexts, as well as how to plan, execute, evaluate and document simple inquiries into natural phenomena using the methods of scientific investigation. You will also learn how to describe processes in nature using experiments, observations and theories, and to reflect on the natural conditions and different notions of nature. Additionally, the course covers the application of a scientific and source-critical perspective for assessing knowledge and information in science and technology, and teaches you how to exemplify and describe environmental impact, as well as measures aimed at the sustainable exploitation of natural resources. Course design Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars, laboratory experiments and practical exercises, such as group exercises, excursions and field studies. You will be assessed on the basis of your active participation in lectures, seminars, excursions and laboratories, as well as a written examination.
Science and technology in the classroom Investigating science and technology in the classroom may make learning more fun for pupils, encouraging problem-solving skills and allowing them to learn at the pace and style that best suits them. Experimentation and observation are important for learning and can be encouraged by using a scientific approach to natural phenomena.