The India: Science Education program is based in Mumbai (Bombay) and is undertaken collaboratively with several education institutes in the cities of Mumbai and Pune. India is a fascinating destination to study science education. Students learn how teachers teach science in schools with very few material resources. They also observe schools with state of the art technology. Cultural differences about the understanding and place of nature and the environment also pose unique challenges to student teachers. The cultural and historical richness of India provides a compelling opportunity for students to gain insight about teaching and learning in the increasing diversity of the Maryland public school system. The tentative dates for India: Science Education for winter term 2013 are December 27, 2012 through January 20, 2013.
CLASSES: Students take one of two courses for a total of 3 credits.
ELED 312: Science Instruction. This class introduces the processes of science that facilitate student learning in elementary and middle schools. Emphasis is on planning, teaching and assessment with a focus on inquiry and understanding of everyday phenomena. Attention will be given to environmental education. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Teacher Education Program, BIOL 101, CHEM/PHYS 101, GEOG 104.
HOST INSTITUTION: St. Xavier Institute of Education (XIE), which is affiliated with the University of Mumbai. SU students will team with their XIE counterparts in elementary education for school visits and in-school science teaching experiences. SU students will also take part in education programs provided by additional partner institutions include the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, the IUCAA Children’s Science Centre (Pune) and the Garware Bal Bhavan (Children’s Recreation Center, Pune).
EXCURSIONS: Plans are for portions of the class to take place at major historical, cultural and natural sites in India, including the ancient cave temples at Ellora and Ajanta, beach environments at Goa, and the stone city of Hampi, the medieval capital of the Hindu empire. Students will also have free time in Mumbai and other locations.
HOUSING: During the time in Mumbai, students and faculty will live in the Mumbai YMCA International House, a simple and secure hotel-style setting with food, Internet and laundry services. Similar hotel accommodations will be arranged during excursions outside of Mumbai.
COST: The cost of the trip will include 3 credits SU tuition and fees, airfare, lodging, food and transportation within India while with the group. A deposit of $250 is required to hold a position in the class. The class is currently planned to include only 6-10 qualified students on a first come basis.
Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis until the program is full.
The application deadline is October 1, 2012
In addition to completing the online application, students should also submit the following directly to the program director: