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Science Content and Process Standards

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Constructivist Learning and Science Pedagogy

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among child development, attitudes about science, and science education.
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  • Identify the components of a lesson plan and science unit.
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective questioning techniques.
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Science Assessment

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Classroom and Materials Management

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Science Resources, Textbooks, and Programs

  • Evaluate current science textbooks, programs, curricula, and resources.

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