The Teaching of Biology (Secondary)

CS1 Biology Structure for BA/BSc (Ed)
Year Course Code Title Course Category No of AUs Pre-requisites
2 ACB22A Curriculum and Scientific Practices in Biology Education Core 3 -
3 ACB32A Pedagogies of Biology Education Core 3 -
ACB42A Assessment in Biology Core 3 -
ACB42B Innovative Biology Teaching Core 3 -

CS2 Biology Structure for BA/BSc (Ed)
Year Course Code Title Course Category No of AUs Pre-requisites
2 ACB22A Curriculum and Scientific Practices in Biology Education Core 3 -
3 ACB32A Pedagogies of Biology Education Core 3 -
4 ACB42B Innovative Biology Teaching Core 3 -

Course Synopses

ACB22A Curriculum and Scientific Practices in Biology Education (3 AUs)

The course can be divided into two parts. Part 1 discusses some issues of the nature of science, scientific literacy and the use of history for teaching Biology. Part 2 develops the pedagogical content knowledge of student-teachers by engaging them in discussing alternative conceptions, difficulties and problems in teaching various Biology topics.

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ACB32A Pedagogies of Biology Education (3 AUs)

The course will examine the Biological Sciences curriculum in Singapore schools and how to plan lessons for pupils of different ability ranges and levels in secondary schools. Basic teaching skills together with a variety of teaching/learning strategies, thinking/study skills and co-operative learning strategies will be discussed. The management and control of pupil behaviour and safety practices in science will be covered.

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ACB42A Assessment in Biology (3 AUs)

The course will examine issues on the what and why of testing in science, discuss test construction, alternative assessment of practical skills, the setting of tasks for SPA (Science Practical Assessment), marking of examination scripts, and its implications for teachers and teaching styles. They will also be introduced to strategies used for formative assessment. So that they can more systematically implement assessment for learning in the classroom.

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ACB42B Innovative Biology Teaching (3 AUs)

This course aims to equip students with ideas for innovation in teaching biology. The role of resource centres in planning for field trips for Biology teaching outside the classroom will be discussed. Participants be involved in actual field studies and learn to plan and conduct a field trip to a resource centre/nature reserve and present a report on the suitability of the resources available for the teaching of Biology at any given level in schools. Issues such as argumentation in science, tensions and dilemma in curriculum and teaching biology will also be discussed.

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