The Department of Science Education (DoSE) at Samtse College of Education offers undergraduate (B.Ed), Postgraduate (PgDE) and Master’s Degree (M.Ed) in secondary school science teaching. The B.Ed and PgDE courses are exclusively designed for prospective secondary school science teachers, where the students are introduced to pedagogy for teaching science, advance science contents, research and other professional modules through face-to-face classroom teaching, practical classes and teaching practicum. The M.Ed programme is designed for in-service secondary school science teachers for deepening their academic content knowledge of the specific teaching subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology), current pedagogy for science teaching, issues related to teaching and learning of science through research and enhancement of scientific inquiry.
A very distinctive feature of the M.Ed Programme is the students again insights into both theoretical and practical aspects of their subject of specialization through contemporary instructional methods, seminars, conferences, projects, educational tours, laboratory practical and research dissertation. Further, the processes of scientific inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking, analytical skills, collaborative learning, hands-on exploration and a critical evaluation of scientific concepts and principles are emphasized across all the courses to help students become a rich source or repository of scientific knowledge and thus become distinguished secondary school science teachers. The principles and philosophy of place-based education that promotes the use of the community resources and immediate surrounding as the tool for teaching and learning also forms the core essence of the teaching pedagogy adopted in these programmes.
The DoSE is served by a team of seasoned and qualified teacher educators with Master’s Degree and PhD qualifications. Besides the usual teaching responsibilities, the DoSE faculty are also involved in the development of innovative curricula and instructional materials informed by research and scholarly pursuits in education, natural and social sciences.
One of the achievements of the DoSE is the recent establishment of STEM Education Research Centre (STEM-ERC) in the College, which will initiate research to encourage evidence-based policy formulation regarding STEM education, scholarly discourses such as seminars and conferences, modification of STEM curricula, designing STEM teaching learning materials, and professional development courses for the STEM teacher, etc. for addressing the concerns and issues pertaining to substandard performances of the Bhutanese students in STEM subjects. Check for more details about STEM-ERC (SUGGESTION: Discuss with the ICT people to create a separate link for the STEM-ERC and upload the whole document on the website for people to see).
To be a vibrant centre of excellence in secondary science education that fosters research and innovation.
The department is committed to:
- Developing need-based contemporary science curricula for secondary school science teachers,
- Promoting students understanding and applications of scientific concepts through innovative instructional approaches and use of ICT in teaching, learning, and assessment,
- Producing effective science teacher who exhibit deeper understanding of science subjects,
- Promoting research-led pedagogy among the faculty members in teaching, learning and assessment,
- Providing students with opportunities for developing cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains in science teaching that are consistent with national science standards, and
- Initiating national and international collaborations in designing curricula and pedagogies, understanding students’ learning styles, implementation of assessment practices and research aimed to promote science teaching, learning and assessment excellence.