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Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE)

Fall 2018 (2181) Course List

Fall Courses: Get Meta! Metacognitive Approaches to Scientific Inquiry fulfuills the ethical perspective requirement. You learn metacognitive techniques that tie together your first year STEM classes and explore scientific controversies.

Metacognitive Approaches to Scientific Inquiry
Tues / Thur 11:00 am - 12:15 pm (15604) or Tues / Thur 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm (15605)

This course introduces students to metacognition, reflective practice and self-assessment. Through case studies, students use metacognitive techniques to explore scientific investigation from a combination of scientific ethical and societal standpoints. Examples will be drawn from student interest, and may include topics such as: bringing back extinct species, genetically modified organisms, hydrofracking, invasive species, space exploration or forensic science. Metacognitive issues such as learning theory, sterotype threat and self-assessment will be explored for their role in the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Writing Seminar (offered spring semester, 2019)
A special section of the required writing seminar designed to explore writing in STEM, with a particular emphasis on using metacognitive techniques to improve writing.  This course provides practical experience in writing that will provide the foundation for future courses.