Course: The Three Dimensions of Teaching and Learning

Build an understanding of the three dimensions of teaching and learning by exploring (1) the research behind the three dimensions; (2) the K-12 learning progressions in each of the three dimensions; and (3) how each dimension works with the other two dimensions to create opportunities for students to do science as scientists do. Gain experience through classroom vignettes and videos of how the three dimensions work together to provide access to science learning for all students.

Module 1: Introduction and Disciplinary Core Ideas

In Module 1 you will use A Framework for K-12 Science Education as a resource for developing an understanding of Dimension 3 - Disciplinary Core Ideas. An immersion in a high-quality science lesson and reflection pulls disciplinary core ideas to the foreground but in context of the critical attributes of sensemaking.

Module 2: Science and Engineering Practices

The focus of Module 2 is understanding the connection between students' use of the science and engineering practices and their developing understanding of how scientists work. Selected Immersion in a high-quality lesson, a classroom vignette, and selected readings from A Framework for K-12 Science Education create opportunities to experience "cascades of practices" in the context of sensemaking from a student and teacher perspective.

Module 3: Crosscutting Concepts

Module 3 makes use of A Framework for K-12 Science Education, NSTA journal articles and classroom video to firmly establish the critical role crosscutting concepts play in students making sense of the world.

Module 4: Integrating the Three Dimensions

In Module 4, classroom vignettes and video shows how students do science as scientists do through the integration of the three dimensions.


Type Professional Learning CoursePub Date January 17, 2023Stock # PLUC_0002

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