COURSE NUMBER: 
EDUC 420 
COURSE TITLE: 
Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Mathematics and
Sciences II 
NAME OF
INSTRUCTOR: 
Derk Van Eerden and Wendy Stienstra 
CREDIT WEIGHT
AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: 
credits 3 (hrs lect 3  hrs sem 0  hrs lab 0) 
CALENDAR
DESCRIPTION: 
This course continues the examination of the main
currents at play in mathematics and science education begun in EDUC
320. The nature of mathematics and scienceboth in terms of its formal
outcomes as well as what it is to "do math" or sciencewill be
explored. This will lead to a careful scrutiny of how curricula portray
mathematics and science and how pedagogical practices can enable
effective teaching in both disciplines. Students will also be exposed
to current trends in educational technology and be challenged to see
mathematics and science teaching within a broader cultural and
religious framework.
Prerequisites:
EDUC 320 or 330
This course is open only to students in the B.Ed. (AD) Secondary
program. 
REQUIRED
TEXT AND OTHER RESOURCES: 
Available at the bookstore:
 320/420 students – this book is the text for the
senior high focus: Focus
in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making.
(2009). Reston, VA: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
 320/420 students – this text will be used both years
for the science portion: Pedretti, E. & Bellomo, K. (2015). Explorations in Secondary
School Science: Practice and Theory 712. Pearson.
Additional readings to be found on Moodle Course Website
Alberta Programs of Study Available online:
 https://education.alberta.ca/mathematics1012/programsofstudy/everyone/programsofstudy/
 https://education.alberta.ca/science1012/programsofstudy/everyone/programsofstudy/

MARK
DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT: 

Storytelling/Narratives 
25% 
Focused Observation: Video Clip 
20% 
Presentation on Math Process or Science Emphasis 
25% 
Synthesis Lesson Plan Assignment 
30% 

100% 

COURSE
OBJECTIVES: 
The goals of this course are that Preservice Teachers
will:
 demonstrate knowledge of the Alberta mathematics and
science programs of study for grades 712
 understand the conceptual framework and program
foundations of the mathematics and science Programs of Study
 explore and analyze the theoretical foundations of
the two disciplines
 address the prevalent learning theories in the
disciplines and the ensuing implications for teaching
 develop effective pedagogical strategies in both
disciplines
 develop a repertoire of both instructional and
theoretical resources
 appreciate the importance of connecting mathematics
and science to real world contexts
 explore current issues and controversies in
mathematics and science education
 develop the ability to conduct mathematical
discussions and follow mathematical explanations of students
 experience
the value of concrete exploration, examination of multiple solutions,
and justification of procedures in the development of conceptual
understanding
 examine the role of technology in science and
mathematics teaching
 explore issues and challenges in assessing student
understanding of math and science concepts

COURSE
OUTLINE: 
 Introduction to Curricular Themes
 Alberta POS: Math
 Reasoning & Sense Making Activity
 Learning
to Notice Framework
 Introduction to Curricular Theme
 Social And Environmental Science
 Alberta POS: Science
 Classification Activity
 Equilibrium in Science
 Sense of Place; Aboriginal Ways of Knowing
 Diploma Exams in Math and Science
 Assessment  PATS
 Selecting Math Tasks
 Math Activity
 Concept Mapping
 Science Demonstrations
 Case Study  Engaging in Reform
 Discourse in Math and Science Classrooms
 Realities of Math Class  Textbooks and Note Packages
 Micro peer teaching
