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TCH 130: Introduction to Young Adolescent Development & Middle Level Schools

This course addresses Piagetian and Vygotskian constructivism, adolescent identity development, and inquiry-based STEM teaching methods for middle grades, using the 5E learning cycle model. This course it taken concurrently with the Noyce Teaching Internship and serves as preparation for the clinical component of the internship.

TCH 287: Noyce Senior Seminar

This course is the capstone course to the Noyce Scholarship program, and it prepares Noyce scholars for teaching STEM subjects in diverse classrooms. Through readings, written reflections, discussions, and projects, we explore topics such as achievement and opportunity gaps, how teacher expectations influence student achievement, the role of implicit bias in the development of teacher expectations, and the role of racial and ethnic identity development in both student and teacher identity.

BSC 296: Mammalian Biology

This course covers evolution, classification, ecology, behavior, and conservation biology of mammals. Dr. Darner teaches this course occasionally. This course implements a flipped structure.

BSC 420A39: Post-secondary Biology Education

This graduate course prepares biology graduate students who plan to pursue a career at a college or university, where they will be expected to teach undergraduate biology courses. The course integrates literature on critical pedagogies, learning theories, and conceptual change with discussion.Second level heading

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