This course is the fourth in the series of four curriculum and pedagogy courses offered to students who have opted for science education in the M.A. Education programme. The four courses engage with the nature and methods of science; its curriculum and pedagogy; pedagogical content knowledge; and curricular material development in science, in this order. ‘Curricular Material Development in Science’ draws upon the previous three courses. It will be ‘hands-on’ in nature and will primarily focus on the actual development of curricular materials. Even so, it will also impart a nuanced understanding of the interplay between the nature of science, the purposes of science education, content, pedagogy and development of curricular materials.
Curricular materials play a significant role in the teaching and learning of school subject content. Decisions about curricular material are influenced by a plethora of factors and processes such as: the aims of education, curricular stage specific objectives, current policies, contextual considerations and pedagogical practices, to name a few. They help determine classroom processes and create relevant roadmaps for teachers. Consequently, it is important to develop materials meaningfully, while improving existing materials through iterative processes informed by their implementation. This course, it is hoped, will help create professionals, well-trained to think about and develop appropriate and good quality curricular materials.