Community-based Learning Module: Science makes Sense at NUIG

Contact: Lindsay Cody, NUIG

In this module students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the place of science and technology in society, and scientific, ethical, moral and social issues arising from contemporary science and technology will be explored. They will work with primary school teachers and students to present the science curriculum through the use of different teaching meth­ods, to reflect on how individuals learn and thus how best to communicate scientific material effectively to a lay audience. Through issues such as the children’s interest in and attitude towards science, students will examine the difficulties in learning science and the various forms of communication that are effective. In addition, communication with teachers, many of whom have limited access to up-to-date scientific training, will provide an invaluable added dimension which itself may be subject to investigation and reflection.


Discipline: Natural Sciences
Institution: National University of Ireland, Galway
Activity: Service Learning/Community Based Learning

Additional Information

Academic Discipline: School of Natural Sciences
Module Title: Science makes Sense
Typical number of students: 6
Year(s) of Programme: 1st Year
Credits (ECTs): 5
Mandatory: No
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First established: 2009 - 2010
Typical number of hours: 26 (8 in community; 8 for preparation and feedback; 10 for development and presentation of learning
Learning outcomes:  
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Community Partners: Galway Education Centre


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