Approaches to Science Teaching


This online course is designed for in-service school teachers intending to become more confident teachers of science and advocates for science. 

It provides you with an opportunity to explore the foundations of alternative approaches to the teaching of science and your relevance to everyday teaching. You will also develop your capacity to contribute to the body of knowledge on science teaching practice by conducting and communicating small-scale practice-based research in science teaching.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Outline key features of selected approaches to teaching and the evidence base which informs these
  • Justify the choice of a particular approach with respect to the needs and constraints of a particular science teaching situation
  • Critique examples of communicating science teaching research in terms of effectiveness for the intended audience and value as science teaching research
  • Discuss the relationship between the nature of science (and expectations surrounding scientific investigation) and educational research
  • Plan, conduct, evaluate and communicate the findings of small scale practice-based research project into science teaching.


This course is 100% internally assessed


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

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