2018 Method of Teaching Science III

Font size  SML

Register update notification mail Add to favorite lecture list
Academic unit or major
Teacher education courses
Matsuda Toshiki     
Course component(s)
Mode of instruction
Day/Period(Room No.)
Intensive ()  
Course number
Academic year
Offered quarter
Syllabus updated
Lecture notes updated
Language used
Access Index

Course description and aims

- Aims of this course are to train students for applying methods of instructional analysis, lesson design, and educational assessment, as well as strategies of instruction and skills of instruction while considering problems, such as motivating students to science study, student model to learn problem-solving ability and scientific ways of viewing and thinking, utilization of ICT as an instructional tool, and informatics education in existing subject area, etc.
- In order to prepare for practice teaching, students repeat the instructional design task, "lesson design → microteaching → discussion for lesson improvement → redesign of the lesson plan," with focusing on the topics of physics, chemistry, and exploration activities in science. Tasks of lesson design and redesign are required to perform as homework exercises before and after each lesson. Every students experience the role of teachers in the microteaching once or more.

Student learning outcomes

Students are required to achieve following objectives:
1) Can describe an appropriate lesson plan in a short time by integrating fundamental knowledge on science education learned in “Studies on Method of Science Teaching I & II” to the method of instructional design and assessment learned in “Educational Technology for Curriculum and Lesson Design” while taking consideration with the items in the Check-list of Lesson Plans.
2) Can generate various lesson plans while taking considerations with several learners’ situations and referring to a textbook, reference books, and web pages, etc., then choose better one from them to achieve learning objectives defined in the National Course of Studies effectively.
3) Can carry out the lesson according to own lesson plan while utilizing effective skills of instructions, understanding students’ situations, and making an appropriate judgment based on the teacher's decision model.
4) Recognize innovative instruction required to solve current issues and needs of science education, and can make a lesson plan corresponding to the needs.


Unit plan, lesson design, development of instructional materials, microteaching, skills of instruction, physics education, chemistry education, exploration activities, ICT education

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of three 5-hour lessons held twice in the weekend and once on Wednesday. Each class requires homework to make and improve a lesson plan before and after the class. In each class, three or more students perform microteaching according to their own lesson plans and discuss by all attendees.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Lesson Design and Improvement, Skills of Instruction, Physics Education Lesson plan of Physics
Class 2 Lesson Design and Improvement, Skills of Instruction, Chemistry Education Lesson plan of Chemistry
Class 3 Unit Plan, Development of Instructional Materials, Exploration Activities, ICT Education Lesson plan of Exploration Activities


・National Course of Studies for the Lower Secondary Schools and the Upper Secondary Schools (in Japanese)
・Guidebooks of National Course of Studies for the Lower Secondary Schools and the Upper Secondary Schools: Science (in Japanese)
・Science textbooks for the lower secondary schools and the upper secondary schools (in Japanese)
・Gaming instructional materials developed in my laboratory for Exploration Activities in Science

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

・Students will be evaluated based on ratio of attendance, all homework exercises, and microteaching.
・Students who did not submit a homework before the class, did not improve all lesson plans after the classes, or were absent more than once lose their credit.

Related courses

  • LAT.A203 : Educational Technology for Curriculum and Lesson Design
  • LAT.S101 : Studies on Method of Science Teaching I
  • LAT.S102 : Studies on Method of Science Teaching II
  • Courses certified as “Science” in the teacher promotion program

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

・Students are required to earn every credit (or have successfully finished in the same term) for related courses of LAT.
・Students are required to earn more than 18 credits for more than three of four areas (physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science) of related courses of "Science".
・Students are required to send an application e-mail that includes ID, name, major program, and e-mail address to following contact address until required date announced by bulletin board and Web page of Teacher Promotion Program other than the formal application to university office.
・Part-time students who can take this course are only graduates of Tokyo Tech.
・Students who have already taken a credit of a similar course cannot take this course.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).


Office hours

Please send an e-mail for appointment.


・Students are required to have own facilities and abilities to perform homework by means of Office software.
・Students need to make instructional materials with paying attention to intellectual property rights enough.

Page Top