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Carole Ann Kubota
B EDUC 391
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Education

Explores perspectives on educational policy and practice.

Class description

Special Topics in Education: Learning Science In Informal Settings. The purpose of this course is to expose students to other venues besides schools in which teaching and learning occurs and in which teachers teach. We will meet two Friday mornings (8:45 - 10:45) and on three Saturdays (all day). Saturday sessions will be held at venues such as the Pacific Science Center, the Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. There will be additional costs associated for entry fees to these informal learning sites.

Student learning goals

Students will experience "designed spaces" in informal settings and understand how these settings can support science learning.

Students will become familiar with science programs - for both children and adults - offered at informal learning institutions.

Students will reflect on the differences between informal learning settings and formal learning settings and how each contributes to children's understanding of science concepts.

Students will reflect on how informal learning settings contribute to life-long learning of science concepts.

General method of instruction

Three Saturday field trips (1/12, 2/23, and 3/2) to different informal learning settings (e.g. the Pacific Science Center, the Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium) to experience the programs each has to offer to children and adults. There will be one Friday morning course orientation session on 1/11 and one Friday morning end-of-course session on 3/15.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Papers and on-line discussion. This course is graded credit/no credit. In order to receive credit, students must attend all Saturday field trips, Friday sessions, submit a paper, and participate in on-line discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carole Ann Kubota
Date: 11/01/2012