Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
A Critical & Creative Inquiry
into Science Inquiry
This is the course website for CTL 1799, which is a half-course in graduate studies at OISE-UT dealing with the nature of empirical activities in science (and, to a degree, technology/engineering) education. The directory at right provides links to course descriptions and resources. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, etc., please don't hesitate to pass them along to me.
This course deals with a theme that is prominent in science curricula in many parts of the world; that is, empirical activities associated with knowledge building, dissemination and use in the sciences (and in fields of technology / engineering). Uses of science inquiry are explored in light of important theoretical perspectives, including: constructivism, knowledge duality, semiotics, actor network theory, capital theory, metacognition, and critical theory and the nature of science (and technology).
ASSIGNMENTS & EVALUATION
This course is conducted in a PeppeR™ online learning environment, the location of which is made known to registered students through a private email message to them. Throughout the course, students are expected to read lectures notes, assigned and unassigned readings, and complete related assignments. More specific descriptions of these assignments are provided during classes. Evaluation criteria for online contributions are: i) clarity and logic of writing; ii) use of argumentation principles, including claims, counter-claims, examples and references to relevant refereed sources mostly from the course; and, iii) length (depending on assignments). This work is valued at 25% of the course grade.
To help students to achieve the goals of this course, several resources are provided. Although there is no formal course text, a few books will be recommended. In addition, several readings will be provided from various refereed journal articles, book chapters, etc. A list of possible (optional) readings is given here. To supplement supplied readings, students should make great use of the UofT Library, including its provision of full-text journal articles. Students also are strongly urged to use ideas, perspectives, practices, etc. provided through my website. Although the resources on my site is largely oriented towards science education, there may be many ideas, resources, etc. that apply to other subjects - including mathematics & technology education. These are outlined briefly, as well as linked, at right.
The following sets of web pages could be very helpful for students in this course: