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Education as a Science

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course’s main goal is to provide students with a qualification in post-primary initial teacher education. We form educators capable of developing citizens that are informed decision makers and scientists that are innovative and creative. The programme is composed of an interdisciplinary selection of disciplines which aim to develop citizenship and life “know-how” tools, as well as to allow a reflection and analysis of the current issues youngsters face currently in the field of education. We believe education should be seen as a science.

Course Content

1. Educational psychology

  a) How life works

2. Laboratory Methods for Teaching Science

  a) Curriculum Development and Evaluation

  b) Analytical Techniques for Science Education

3. Adolescent Growth and Development

  a) Development Psych. & Individual Differences

  b) School Placement and Reflection

  c) Philosophical Perspectives on Education

4. Evolutionary Biology

5. Science, Technology, and Society

  a) Access, Disadvantage, Equality in Education


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