MCE 636: Advance Topics in the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry


This course provides grounding in theory and research that are germane to the teaching and learning of chemistry in high schools. Scholarly publications reflecting the foundations of education will be read and applied to curriculum planning and enactment through thinking, discussing and writing.

E-Portfolio entry:


1) Video analysis:

Using Hip Hop  to Teach and Learn Chemistry in High School.

2) Professional Development:

Maintaing High Science Standards in an Inclusion-Based Classroom.



Enduring Understanding of Chemistry Education:


1)  Understanding the connections between socio-cultural and other educational theories and the teaching and learning practice that enables teachers to develop the capacity to support and guide all students with diverse interests, abilities, and experiences in making sense of scientific ideas.


2)  The development and implementation of appropriate curriculum, aligned with district, state and national standards, also coordinates teaching practice, student learning and assessment.


3) The theoretical underpinnings of pedagogy and the appreciation of the role of the history and philosophy of science/chemistry provide frameworks that enables teachers to make effective decisions about learning objectives, teaching strategies, assessment tasks and curriculum materials as well as to conduct action research on their own practice.


4) The professional educator is committed to life-long learning, employing information literacy skills to obtain this knowledge and utilizing technology, science and science education journals, as well as professional organizations and collegial collaborations to enhance their learning.


5) The professional educator incorporates pedagogical strategies and content knowledge learned through the MCE program into their teaching practice.


6) The professional educator assumes leadership roles and communicates with colleagues and other professional educators the analysis of their own practice (orally and in writing) so that they become catalytic in improving teaching and learning in their schools, districts and/or state.