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SCE 271-4        Curriculum Studies in JC Agriculture

The role of agriculture as a practical subject in schools. General principles of teaching agriculture, including the use of the school garden and the school farm. Teaching methods in Agriculture related to the JC syllabus with, for example, emphasis on how to teach soil science, vegetable and crop production and animal production.

SCE 302-3        Laboratory Skills and Management

Laboratory design, organization skills, storage and safety. The preparation of apparatus, specimens, solutions and exhibits. The use of hand-tools, and the design and construction of teaching materials.

SCE 303-3        Development of Science and Technology in Society

A study of the History of Mathematics and Science in relation to the development of technology through the ages up to the present day. Present and future impact of the Science and Technology world wide, in Africa and Lesotho in particular. Appearing conflicts between cultural values and scientific attitudes, the influence of science and technology policies in developing Sciences and Society topics in the school curriculum.

SCE 305-4        Curriculum Studies in Junior Science I

The nature and philosophy of science, junior science and unified science curricula. The process approach and its relevance to primary and junior secondary school science. Cognitive development and the acquisition of scientific skills and attitudes. Identification of materials and specimens from the environment, and use of local resources for Junior Certificate Science, with particular reference to matter, energy, water and living organisms.

SCE 306-4        Environmental Education

The Environment and Environmental Crisis: Theories and models of the concept of environment. Principles and concepts of ecology. Conceptions of environmental issues and problems. Modernism and environmental crisis. Environmental Education as a response to the Environmental Crisis: Objectives and Principles of Environmental Education; Key Developments in Environmental Education in Lesotho and Southern Africa. Teaching Methods and Theories: the role of the Behaviourist and Constructivist theories in environmental learning; Teaching methods and underpinning learning theories and epistemologies; teaching approaches and the New Environmental Paradigm. Development of Environmental Education or Awareness Resources: the role of RDDA and PAR models in materials development.

SCE 335-4        Curriculum Studies in JC Mathematics

Background to Mathematics Education; aims of teaching Mathematics; developments of Mathematics concepts in children. Discovery methods and open-ended problems compared to algorithmic learning. Teaching strategies; establishing a firm base; number system; mapping; geometric transformation; matrices and vectors and other JC topics.

SCE 372-7        Curriculum Studies in Agriculture

Part I: Study of different curriculum materials at O’level. Lesson planning and Scheming, student-centred activities and practicals. Teaching strategies, Methodology of selected Agriculture topics. Micro/peer teaching. Preparation of Agriculture Education project.

Part II: Evaluation of teaching practice; common problems in Agriculture teaching . Selected topics and specific problems. Presentation and evaluation of project.

SCE 390-12      Teaching Practice

The course aims at exposing student teachers to the realities of the teaching profession. They are placed in selected schools for a period of 8 weeks during the second semester. At these partnership schools, students are supervised by Lecturers from NUL and experienced teachers (tutors) from their placement schools. This course is registered by Dip. Agric. Ed. students and all diploma students

SCE 402-4        Principles of Science and Mathematics Instruction

Nature of Science. Learning theories as related to Science and Mathematics. Concept development; communication skills; instructional strategies, models/analogies in science/mathematics; evaluation; writing test items; qualities of achievement tests; marks and marking; statistical treatment of test scores.

SCE 412-7        Curriculum Studies in Biology

Part I: Study of different curriculum materials at O’levels; lesson planning and drawing schemes of work. Student-centred activities and practicals. Teaching strategies; use of the local environment, methodology of selected Biology topics. Micro/peer teaching; preparation of Biology educational projects.

Part II: Evaluation of teaching practice; common problems in Biology teaching; selected topics and specific problems; presentation and evaluation of projects.

SCE 423-7        Curriculum Studies in Mathematics

Part I: Study of different curriculum materials at O’level; lesson planning and drawing schemes of work, student-centred activities and practicals. Teaching strategies; use of the local environment, methodology of selected Mathematics topics. Micro/peer teaching; preparation of Mathematics educational projects.

Part II: Evaluation of teaching practice; common problems in O’level teaching; selected topics and specific problems; presentation and evaluation of projects.

SCE 432-7        Curriculum Studies in Geography

Part I: Study of different curriculum materials at O’level; lesson planning and drawing schemes of work, student-centred activities and practicals. Teaching strategies; use of the local environment, methodology of selected Geography topics. Micro/peer teaching; preparation of Geography educational projects.

Part II: Evaluation of teaching practice, common problems in O’Level teaching; selected topics and specific problems; presentation and evaluation of projects.

SCE 442-7        Curriculum Studies in Chemistry

Part I: Study of different curriculum materials at O’level; lesson planning and drawing schemes of work, student-centred activities and practicals. Teaching strategies; use of the local environment, methodology of selected Chemistry topics. Micro/peer teaching; preparation of chemistry educational projects.

Part II: Evaluation of teaching practice; common problems in O’levels teaching; selected topics and specific problems; presentation and evaluation of projects.

SCE 452-7        Curriculum Studies in Physics

Part I: Study of different curriculum materials at O’level; lesson planning and drawing schemes of work; student-centred activities and practicals. Teaching strategies; use of the local environment, methodology of selected Physics topics. Micro/peer teaching; preparation of Physics educational projects.

Part II: Evaluation of teaching practice; common problems in O’level teaching; selected topics and specific problems; presentation and evaluation of projects.

SCE 490-12      Teaching Practice

The course aims at exposing student’s teachers to the realities of the teaching profession. They are placed in selected schools for a period of 8 weeks during the second semester. At these partnership schools, students are supervised by lecturers from NUL and experienced teachers (tutors) from their placement schools. This course is registered by B.Sc. Ed. Students.

SCE 501-4        Curriculum Studies in junior Science (Integrated Science)

The meaning, nature and the philosophy of junior science and unified/integrated science curricular; a critical view of the junior science curriculum and syllabus-primary and junior secondary school level; a study of the Piagetian child in the learning of science; special requirements in the teaching of junior science; instructional facilities and techniques to teaching junior science; the nature and use of discovery/inquiry method in the teaching of junior science. Students should be lead to the ways and means of teaching some topics in junior science textbooks. Development of resources for teaching junior science in an integrated way; improvisation of materials for junior science and evaluation of the learning outcomes.

SCE 502-4        Laboratory Skills and Management

Planning and maintenance of laboratory facilities-facilities for elementary, junior and high school science, laboratories and equipment for primary science, junior secondary science, and physics, chemistry and biology; relating objectives of science to the selection of equipment and materials; organization, storage and distribution; safety precautions in physics, chemistry and biology junior science laboratories, status of science laboratories in Lesotho; improvisation of science equipment.

SCE 503-3        Development of Science and Technology in Society

A study of the History of Mathematics and Science in relation to the development of technology through the ages up to the present day; present and future impact of the Science and Technology world wide, in Africa and Lesotho in particular; apparent conflicts between cultural values and scientific attitudes, the influence of science and Technology policies in developing Science and society topics in the school curriculum.

SCE 504-6        Theories of Learning as applied to Science and Mathematics Education

Nature of science and mathematics; major theories of learning and their applications to science and mathematics education-theories of Pavlov, Thorddike, Skinner, Piaget, Bruner, Ausubel, Gagne etc; and their applications in the derivation of objectives, selection and organization of learning experiences for curriculum planning; development and implication in the natural sciences and mathematics; concept development, and communications skills; psychological basis of evaluation; writing test items, qualities of achievement tests, marks and marking; statistical treatment of tests scores; a study of the psychological basis of constructivism and met cognitive strategies.

SCE 505-3        Introduction to Curriculum Development

An analysis of various definitions of the term Curriculum-what to teach and how to do it, learning experiences under the direction of the school etc.; the perenialists, disciplinalists and progressives conception of the curriculum, factors affecting the design of the curriculum, curriculum process, models of curriculum development, types of curricula; examination of the school curriculum in Lesotho, a critical analysis of curriculum development and evaluation in Lesotho; participants in curriculum development; some agencies of curriculum development.

SCE 506-3        Curriculum and Instruction in the Natural Sciences

A study of some models of curriculum design and their application to designing science programmes; examination of primary and secondary science programmes in selected SADC countries. Europe, America and Africa, and their instructional implications; analysis of the scientific methods and the place of science in the modern world; an introduction to constructivist views and the use of the met cognitive strategies in the science classrooms; the place of improvisation in science curriculum development and implementation.

SCE 507-3        Philosophy and Meaning of Science

A study of various meanings of science, with a view to identify its structure; detailed explanation of the Deductive Science, Inductive Science and Deductive-Inductive Science; the “new” philosophy of science, scientific facts, concepts, and generalization; explanation of the African Science and/or Western Science; an introduction to some philosophers of science-Hempel, Popper, and Kuhn; implications of the philosophy and meaning of science for the teacher and classroom teaching.

SCE 508-7        Curriculum Studies in Biology

A study of the biology curriculum in Lesotho; aims and objectives of teaching biology at the secondary school level; derivation of the outline and scheme of work from the syllabus; planning the teaching of biology; setting up the biology laboratory-pre-laboratory, laboratory and post-laboratory sessions; peer teaching; different methods of teaching biology-enriched lecture methods, discovery/inquiry method, project method, field trips and met cognitive strategies of concept mapping, analogy, cooperative teaching etc.; resources for biology teaching; teaching of some special areas in biology; plant and animal diversity, micro-organisms, physiology, ecology, evolution and genetics; evaluation of biology teaching and learning; preserving specimens for teaching biology.

SCE 509-7        Curriculum Studies in Chemistry

A study of chemistry curriculum in Lesotho; aims and objectives of teaching chemistry at the secondary school level; derivation of the outline and scheme of work from the syllabus; planning the teaching of chemistry; setting up the chemistry laboratory-pre-laboratory, laboratory and post-laboratory sessions; different methods of teaching chemistry-enriched lecture methods, discovery/inquiry method, project method, field trips and met cognitive strategies of concept mapping, analogy, cooperative teaching etc., resources for chemistry teaching; teaching of some problematic areas in chemistry; selected topics from chemistry syllabus should be used; chemistry practicals focussing on preparation of solutions from the determination of morality , concentration and so on; practicals should also be focused on determination of captions and anions during salt analysis; teaching areas in chemistry-physical chemistry involving chemical arithmetic, organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry; peer teaching in chemistry assessment and evaluation in chemistry, resources for chemistry teaching and improvisation of chemistry apparatus.

SCE510-7         Curriculum Studies in Physics

A study of physics curriculum in Lesotho; aims and objectives of teaching physics at the secondary school level; derivation of the outline and scheme of work from the syllabus; planning the teaching of physics setting up the physics laboratory-pre-laboratory, laboratory and post-laboratory sessions; different methods of teaching physics-enriched lecture methods, discovery/inquiry method, project method, field trips and met cognitive strategies of concept mapping, analogy, cooperative teaching etc.; resources for physics teaching; teaching of some problematic areas in physics-mechanics, properties of matter, waves, electricity and magnetism; resources for physics teaching and improvisation of physics apparatus, presentation and evaluation of projects in physics.

SCE 511-3        Curriculum Studies in Mathematics

The nature of mathematics; purpose of teaching mathematics; aims teaching mathematics in Lesotho secondary and schools; curriculum design in mathematics; a critical analysis of the mathematics curriculum for secondary schools; teaching strategies: discussions, investigating work, problem solving, practical work, role play and simulations; different techniques in the mathematics curriculum; constructing and using marking memo; pupils conception of some mathematics topics within the curriculum and implication for the teaching of mathematics; preparing child-centred activities; pupils strategies and errors in solving mathematical problems; lesson planning and drawing schemes of work; peer teaching; public image of mathematics; assessment and evaluation; gender issues in mathematics; constructivists, behaviourist and development vies in the learning of mathematics.

SCE 512-7        Curriculum Studies in Agriculture

A study of the agriculture curriculum in Lesotho; aims and objectives of teaching agriculture at the secondary school level; derivation of the outline and scheme of work from the syllabus; planning the teaching of agriculture setting up the agriculture laboratory-pre-laboratory, laboratory and post-laboratory sessions; different methods of teaching agriculture-enriched lecture method, discovery-inquiry method, project methods, field trips and met cognitive strategies of concept mapping, analogy, cooperative teaching etc.; peer teaching; critical analysis of current trends in agriculture in Lesotho and other countries and their implications for agricultural curriculum; resources for agriculture teaching; teaching of some problematic areas in agriculture.

SCE 513-7        Teaching Practice

A semester school-based Teaching Practice course taken in the third semester of the programme.


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NUL TO HOLD ANNUAL STAKEHOLDERS FORUM
4/9/14 -

The National University of Lesotho will hold an Annual Stakeholders Forum that will bring together NUL stakeholders, create a platform for information dissemination and showcase NUL initiatives that add value to the advancement of the country.

ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE TO OFFICIATE CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATIONS
4/3/14 -

The Acting Chief Justice Tšeliso Monaphathi, accompanied by Judges of the High Court and of the Magistrate Court, will officiate the celebration of the National Constitution Day, at a ceremony scheduled to take place at the National University of Lesotho’s Netherlands Hall, on Wednesday April 02, 2014.

LOSS OF THREE STUDENTS IN SIX WEEKS A WAKE UP CALL – ACTING VC
3/28/14 -

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Professor Mafa Sejanamane says the loss of three University students within a period of six weeks due to brutal killings is a wakeup call for NUL, therefore Management has decided to beef up security measures for the benefit of students staying on and off campus.

 
 
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