Physical Sciences Teaching Field (Licensure) Goals
The teacher education tradition and the teacher preparation mission are strongly rooted in the Departments of Physical Sciences. Physical Sciences objectives/competencies/goals to be developed by the physical sciences teacher education program within the Departments of Physical Sciences are:
- To require the prospective physical sciences teacher to attain broad competencies in several fields of science, and high levels of competency in one or more licensure areas of the physical sciences.
- To provide the prospective physical sciences teacher with experiences and a conceptual framework to identify and study concepts which are new and to synthesize written and oral expositions of the concepts which are designed to transmit these concepts to others
- To equip the prospective physical sciences teacher with adequate supporting mathematical competencies and computer and other instructional technology competencies.
- To provide experiences that will enable the prospective physical sciences teacher to learn about the nature of learning, conditions that help young people learn to maintain a proper learning environment, and the assessment of learning in the physical sciences.
- To develop the capacity and the disposition for continued learning in science and the teaching of the physical sciences.
- To provide experiences that foster continuous growth in those human qualities of the physical sciences teacher that will enhance learning by students.
- To provide the prospective physical sciences teacher with the knowledge and experience to illustrate the cultural significance of science, to relate physical science through technology to social conditions, and to apply the analytical methods of science in multidisciplinary approaches to societal problems.
- To provide opportunities for the prospective physical sciences teacher to gain insight into the intellectual and philosophical nature of science and mathematics.
- To develop the capability of the prospective physical sciences teacher to select, adapt, evaluate, and use strategies and materials for teaching-learning situations for which he/she is responsible (these shall be consistent with general knowledge about teaching and learning, and appropriate to both the special needs of the learners and to the special characteristics of the science disciplines or the interdisciplinary problem under consideration).
- To stress the importance of the implementation of an adequate safety program.
- To instill an attitude which recognizes that science is an imperative for all future adult citizens.
Since the inception of formal outcomes assessment strategies at ESU in 1989, the Departments of Physical Sciences has continued to refine and implement its plan for outcomes assessment. A six-point plan, which has been in place since 1991, pertains to all baccalaureate-degree majors for the physical sciences, including candidates for teaching licenses. A summary of the general plan follows:
- tracking of matriculants.
- “samples” of student work in certain courses.
- tangible products from a capstone experience; for candidates this includes evaluations of student teaching.
- exit questionnaire/surveys, interviews, and focus group feedback.
- placement information.
- alumni surveys.
- and a variety of “miscellaneous indicators.”