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Course Descriptions

The Science C-U-E: Content, Understanding & Environment

EDUC 600

All levels of science teachers will find this course to be beneficial and applicable.  The framework, based on engaging content, foundational understanding and a motivating environment (C-U-E), provides the three elements crucial to quality lesson design and science instruction.  You will find solid research, exciting strategies and tested methods for improving science education.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  1. Understand the C-U-E framework.
  2. Explore how the focus on Content and the paring down of specific curriculum may increase student achievement.
  3. Develop lessons to increase student Understanding of scientific content.
  4. Summarize how Environment aligns positively with student motivation.

Required Text/Reading:

Text(s):  Tweed, Anne. (2009), Designing Effective Science Instruction: What Works in Science Classrooms, National Science Teachers Association Press.

Articles:  (referenced in the study guide and posted on our website) Brodie, Marilyn (Summer 2006).  Science in School: “Promoting science and motivating students in the 21st century” Issue 2.