Course - Nature of Science - MGLU5233
MGLU5233 - Nature of Science
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021
The natural sciences that are the basis of school-science has various marks and characteristics which set them apart from social sciences. Essential for this course is an in-depth understanding of the methods and practices used in science to attain knowledge. Central themes such as the testing of hypotheses, experiments, model development, verifiability, openness and critique are discussed with different teaching methods such as lectures, practical exercises and seminars. This course will also discuss the limits of scientific knowledge and issues linked to the validity of knowledge.
- has in-depth knowledge on the nature of science with emphasis on the scientific method and how science advances
- has knowledge on the history of science
- has knowledge on legitimations for nature of science as a theme in school-science
- has knowledge on pupils understanding of nature of science
- has in-depth knowledge on the difference between science and pseudoscience
- can discuss values, attitudes and responsibility as par of science
- can use knowledge on nature of science in teaching
- can identify nature of science as themes within curricula, teaching resources and media
- can use knowledge on the frontiers of science in teaching of school-science
- can use controversial issues in science to enhance the understanding of the role of science in society
- can use scientific knowledge in different societal settings in mindful ways
Learning methods and activities
Lectures, seminars, student presentations
Teaching in English when English-speaking students participate, otherwise the course is given in Norwegian.
- assignment and presentation
Further on evaluation
- Student presentation
Written home exam
Limited admission to classes.
Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Admission to a programme of study is required:
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 1-7 (MGLU1-7)
Primary and Lower Secondary Teacher Education for Years 5-10 (MGLU5-10)
Recommended previous knowledge
Minimum 60 credits science and/or science education.
The final reading list is posted on Blackboard before the course starts. It can also be found on Innsida
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Language of instruction: English
- Teacher Education
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"