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LI791/PS591/PS791 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Classrooms and Competitions: Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Catalog Description

The course develops knowledge and skills Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and school librarians need to collaborate as instructional partners teaching 4-12 grade level students in science classrooms and competitions. The course provides opportunities for identifying questions and problems from complex texts and in life situations that address local, national, and global STEM related-issues such as sufficient energy; prevention and treatment of illness and disease; maintain clean food and water; and global environmental change. 

One of four 3-credit hour courses required for the Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate. (Permission to Enroll Required)

 

LI792/PS592/PS792 Key Literacy Connections in STEM Subjects: Conducting Investigations, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data

Catalog Description

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and school librarians collaborate as instructional partners to prepare to teach 4-12 grade level students to systematically plan and carry out STEM-related investigations making key literacy connections. Students learn techniques to make use of efficient and effective strategies for accessing, evaluating, and using information from diverse sources; presenting data in multiple formats; and analyzing and interpreting data through tabulating, graphing, and/or statistical analysis.

Two of four 3-credit hour courses required for the Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate. (Permission to Enroll Required)

 

LI793/PS593/PS793 Advancing and Defending New Ideas: Engaging an Argument from Evidence

Catalog Description

The course explores the process of argument necessary for advancing and defending new ideas or explanations of STEM-related phenomena. STEM teachers and school librarians learn the norms for using evidence to construct and defend viable arguments, and to compare and contrast different sources in the process of creating a coherent understanding of phenomena, concepts, or design solutions. Emphasis is on teaching 4-12 grade level students reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence.

Three of four 3-credit hour courses required for the Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate. (Permission to Enroll Required)

 

LI794/PS594/PS794 Skills for a Deep Technical Workforce: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Catalog Description

This course gives Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and school librarians the opportunity to learn strategies to develop 4-12 grade level students’ abilities to: access and organize information for practical application; integrate new information; practice ethical information behavior; produce and communicate information and ideas using intellectual skills, cognitive abilities, scientific reasoning, and problem solving skills. The focus is on abilities and skills necessary for intellectual curiosity and for STEM-related 21st century jobs and careers.

Four of four 3-credit hour courses required for the Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate. (Permission to Enroll Required)


Information, Technology, and Scientific Literacy Certificate Courses and Outcomes