Didactics and epistemology of science

lsci2320  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Didactics and epistemology of science
2.00 credits
22.5 h

  This learning unit is not open to incoming exchange students!

De Kesel Myriam; Matthys Nathalie;
  • The knowledge of the discipline(s) to be taught, i.e. the knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics related to the 2nd level of secondary education in general sciences.
  • Clear and correct communication in the language of instruction both orally and in writing.
  • The interpersonal skills and professional postures normally expected of a teacher.
Main themes
  1. The programs and reference materials
  2. Science resources (textbooks, digital tools, teaching kits)
  3. The didactic triangle, teaching and learning
  4. Didactic transposition and desynchronization
  5. Initial conceptions and epistemological obstacles
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Contribution of the teaching unit to the AA reference framework of the program
With regard to the competency framework of the biology, chemistry or physics aggregation program (of the didactic aim), this teaching unit contributes to the development and acquisition of the following competencies : AA1.1 / AA2.2 / AA2.3 / AA2.4 / AA2.6 / AA2.7 / AA2.8 / AA3.1 / AA3.2 / AA3.3.
Learning outcomes at the end of the course
  • Design teaching-learning situations (TLS) according to the students concerned and in relation to the competency frameworks and the programs,
  • Explore new approaches and pedagogical tools in the disciplines, interdisciplinary and technological (manuals, digital tools, pedagogical kits)
  • Transpose scholarly knowledge into school knowledge,
  • To question one's initial representations and conceptions in order to change them,
  • Identify the initial spontaneous representations and conceptions of the students in order to take them into account and make them evolve during a teaching sequence,
  • Design teaching-learning situations in three stages: contextualization, decontextualization and recontextualization
This teaching unit consists in "equipping" students to become future science teachers at the 2nd level, in biology, chemistry and physics. The aim is not only to present the elements of didactics related to science teaching but also to initiate the transfer and appropriation of these tools by the future teachers.
Teaching methods
The teaching activities provided by the two co-teachers of the course are those recommended in secondary education: group work, lectures, flipped classes, MOOC ... mainly in co-construction with students.
Evaluation methods
Students are assessed as follows:
Personal work done in the three flipped classroom modules: 50% of the total grade
Individual written assessment (January) concerning the basic concepts of science didactics: 50% of the total grade
Attendance to this course is required. In accordance with article 72 of the General Regulations for Studies and Examinations, the course instructors may propose to the jury to refuse registration to a student who has not attended at least 80% of the courses in the January or September session.
Other information
LSCI2320 is given in Q1 during S1 to 4 for 5 hours per week
Online resources
on MoodleUCL, acronym LSCI2320.
The site contains the documents presented and used during the courses and allows the deposit of the students' productions.
Des ouvrages en relation avec les disciplines enseignées et avec la didactique seront présentés lors des cours.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Mathematics

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Physics

Master [120] in Biology of Organisms and Ecology

Master [120] in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Geography

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Biology

Master [120] in Mathematics

Master [120] in Chemistry

Master [120] in Physics

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Chemistry

Master [120] in Geography : General