INS6017 - Representations and New Media in Science Education

  • Classroom teachers use multiple media and forms of representations to present the subject matter and shape their students’ conceptual understanding. This course offers an overview of the theories and analytical tools to examine representations and media for educational research and classroom practice. In addition, participants will apply the theories learned to analyse representational artifacts commonly used in the teaching of science (e.g., diagram, textbook), including the use of new media such as simulation and video. This will enable them to be more cognizant of the role of representation in their teaching and consequently use multiple media and forms of representations more effectively to support student learning.

    • Appreciate and be aware of the multifaceted aspects of representation and its complex role in teaching and learning.
    • Know various research traditions and perspectives in the study of representation, and read the research literature in these areas.
    • Use some forms of meta-language and analytical lens to examine representations.
    • Analyze the design, affordances and limitations of common representations used in the classroom, and critically reflect on their effective usage.
    • Draw connections between the use of representations and conceptual development for specific topics in science.
    • Basics of representation and meaning making
    • Representational practices of modern-day scientists
    • Teaching and learning issues in using representations
    • Knowing in Chemistry
    • Representations in Chemistry
    • Analyzing representations
    • Analyzing new media
    • Representations and conceptual development
    • Representation and students’ reasoning in science
    • Constructing representations as an approach in learning science
    • Gestures and embodiment
  • Primary, Secondary School and Junior College teachers

    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
    • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore
    • or
    • at least ONE year of relevant working experience in education.
    • Field Experience in science education and took science course at undergraduate level
  • Date: 15 January – 20 April 2018 (Wednesdays)
    Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm (39hours)
    Venue: Academy of Singapore Teachers

    *Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances

  • $418.30 for MOE participants and $3,130.75 for non-MOE participants (inclusive of GST and $1 copyright fee).

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

  • 18 December 2017

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

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    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course. 

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    Please mail to: 
    National Institute of Education
    Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
    1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
    Attn: Ms Nadia Kamal


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    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.

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