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Educational Science for Teaching Diploma and TC Information
These are the general course offerings of the programmes Teaching Diploma (TD) - categories Educational Science and Compulsory Elective Courses - and Teaching Certificate (TC) - category Educational Science.
Educational Science Teaching Diploma
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
851-0240-01LDesigning Learning Environments for School (EW2 TD) Information Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisites: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".

Adresses to students enrolled either in Teaching Diploma* (TD) or Teaching Certificate (TC) in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.
*Except for students of Sport Teaching Diploma, who complete the sport-specific course unit EW2.
O3 credits2VE. Stern, P. Greutmann, J. Maue
AbstractTeaching is a complex skill. The lecture comprises (a) presentations about the theoretical background of this skill, (b) discussions of practical aspects, and (c) practical exercises.
ObjectiveThe participants have the conceptual und procedural knowledge, and skills necessary for long-term planning, preparing, and implementing good lessons. They can apply this knowledge on different topics of their scientific STEM-background.
ContentWe discuss characteristics of successful lessons and how to design such lessons by using curricula and lesson plans, teaching goals and a variety of teaching methods.
Lecture notesThe lecture comprises interactive parts where the participants elaborate and extend their knowledge and skills. Thus, there is no comprehensive written documentation of the lecture. The participants can download presentation slides, learning materials, and templates from "Moodle".
LiteratureThe necessary literature can be downloaded from "Moodle".
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture EW2 can only be attended by students who already successfully completed the lecture Human Learning (EW1).
There will be two independent lectures for different groups of students. You will get further information in an email at the beginning of the semester.
To get the Credits you have to
- regularly attend to the lecture
- have the grade 4 or higher in the final written exam.
851-0240-24LDesigning Learning Environments for Schools (EW2 LD) - Portfolio
- Enrolment only possible with simultaneous enrolment in course 851-0240-01L Designing Learning Environments for School (EW2 LD)!

- Prerequisites: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".

- Adresses to students enrolled either in Teaching Diploma* (TD) or Teaching Certificate (TC) in Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.
*Except for students of Sport Teaching Diploma, who complete the sport-specific course unit EW2.
O1 credit2UP. Greutmann, J. Maue
AbstractIn this lecture, you design a portfolio, i.e. a complete and elaborated teaching enviroment for schools, based on your scientific STEM-background
ObjectiveThis lecture is an implementation and transfer of the theoretical inputs provided by the lecture "Designing Learning Environments for School" (EW2).
851-0238-01LSupport and Diagnosis of Knowledge Acquisition Processes (EW3) Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma (except for students of Sport Teaching Diploma, who complete the sport-specific course unit EW3) and for students who intend to enrol in the "Teaching Diploma"
Prerequisites: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".
O3 credits3SP. Edelsbrunner, C. M. Thurn
AbstractIn this seminar students learn advanced techniques to support and to diagnose knowledge acquisition processes in school.
ObjectiveThe main goals are:
(1) You have a deep understanding about the cognitive mechanisms of knowledge acquisition.
(2) You have a basic understanding about psychological test theory and can appropriately administer tests.
(3) You know various techniques of formative assessment and can apply these to uncover students' misconceptions.
851-0242-01LCoping with Psychosocial Demands of Teaching (EW4) Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment possible with Teaching Diploma matriculation, except for students of Sport Teaching Diploma, who complete the sport-specific course unit EW4.
O3 credits3SP. Greutmann, U. Markwalder, S. Peteranderl-Rüschoff
AbstractIn this class, students will learn concepts and skills for coping with psychosocial demands of teaching
ObjectiveStudents possess theoretical knowledge and practical competences to be able to cope with the psychosocial demands of teaching.
(1) They know the basic rules of negotiation and conflict management (e.g., mediation) and can apply them in the school context (e.g., in conversations with parents).
(2) They can apply diverse techniques of classroom management (e.g., prevention of disciplinary problems in the classroom) and know relevant authorities for further information (e.g., legal conditions).
(3) They know stress coping strategies to prevent burnout and are familiar with relevant institutions (e.g., psychosocial support).
ContentMajor themes
- negotiation
- conflict management and mediation
- classroom management
- preventing stress and burnout

Forms of learning
Theoretical foundations will be taught in workshops which contain different means of activation and interaction such as group work, panel discussions, and individual work. Subsequently, this knowledge will be transfered and applied in different school-relevant situations by means of role plays, discussing of cases and video sequences, as well as reflections of practical experiences.
Lecture notesKein Skript
LiteratureVerschiedenen Grundlagen- und Anwendungstexte werden den Studierenden zur Verfügung gestellt (Moodle).
Prerequisites / NoticeDer erfolgreiche Abschluss von EW1 und EW2 stellt eine wünschenswerte, jedoch nicht obligatorische Voraussetzung dar.
851-0240-19LEffective Learning Environments (EW 5) Restricted registration - show details
The successful completion of ALL modules relevant for the teacher's diploma is required for participation in this course.
W1 credit2UE. Stern
AbstractThe students have to read the book "Lernwirksam unterrichten" from Felten/Stern and they have to answer questions. In individual or small-group sessions will be discussed how insights from learning research can inform classroom practice.
ObjectiveThe focus of all classes on educational psychology is on scientific insights which help to reflect on instructional learning. In order to become professionals, teachers have to better understand students' behavior and achievement and thereby become aware of their scope of classroom practice. Students get a final opportunity to ask questions about psychological learning research.
LiteratureBook "Lernwirksam unterrichten" (Felten/Stern)
Prerequisites / NoticeDetailed information: http://www.ifvll.ethz.ch/studium/lehre/ew-5.html
851-0238-02LSupport and Diagnosis of Skills Acquisition Processes in Physical Education (EW3 Sport) Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma Sport.

Prerequisite: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".
O4 credits2SH. Gubelmann
AbstractIn this seminar students learn advanced techniques to support and to diagnose motor skill acquisition processes in physical education (sport). Students will also be introduced practically to specific psychomotor techniques and self-regulation strategies.
ObjectiveThe students have a deep understanding about the psychological aspects of motor skill acquisition and know how to support and to diagnose motor learning processes in physical education classes.
They know how to transform evidence-based knowledge on motor learning into physical education by using appropriate teaching methods.
851-0242-02LOutdoor Education: Concepts and Practice (EW4 Sport) Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma Sport.

Prerequisites: Designing Educational Environments in Physical Education (EW2 Sport) (851-0240-15L).
O3 credits3SH. Gubelmann, R. Scharpf
AbstractIn this course we introduce and discuss concepts of leadership in outdoor education and put them into practice in various outdoor situations and events.
ObjectiveStudents
Know basic strategies of class management in outdoor situations
Know concepts and ideas of outdoor education
Know how to plan, organize and arrange outdoor projects
ContentMajor themes
Important concepts for outdoor education in school
Different strategies in leadership
Conflict and risk management
Development and presentation of own outdoor projects

The outdoor weekend is the core part of this course. Various meetings prior to the weekend and one closing session with presentations are being held.
Lecture notesno script
LiteratureVarious important papers are provided
Prerequisites / NoticeVisit of EW1 and EW2 beforehand are recommended, but not compulsory

Visit of 853-0033-00/ 853-0034-00, Leadership I und II, are highly recommended as supplementary lectures!
851-0240-20LThe Concept of "Flow" and Its Significance for Physical Education in Schools Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 20

Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma Sport.
W2 credits1SH. Gubelmann
AbstractThe flow concept (Csikszentmihalyi 1975) offers an interesting framework model for motivating, expermental and productive classes in physical education. During the course, selected aspects (including flow experiences, motivation, attention control, feedback) are discussed and transformed into a self-conducted “flow-experience-projekt” closely linked to the students indivdual learning background
ObjectiveParticipants gain in-depth insight into the flow concept and other constructs related to the theory of motivation (self-determination theory according to Deci & Ryan, achievement motivation, etc.) that are also significant in terms of differential psychology (self-efficacy, attribution, etc.). In line with current experimental research in sport (deliberate practice vs. deliberate play, intuitive vs. deliberate decisions, etc.), students develop practical examples for specific exercises in physical education at school.
851-0242-03LIntroduction to General Pedagogy Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma or Teaching Certificate.

Prerequisite: successful participation in 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW1)".
W2 credits2GL. Haag
AbstractThe basics of educational science and the field of activity of the school are conveyed in as much as they are of relevance to the field of activity of the teachers. Basic knowledge is taught methodically by the lecturers which is further deepened by the reading of selected texts and corresponding work assignments in individual and small groups.
Objective1. Basics of educational science
1.1 Historical survey of education and school
1.2 Fundamental educational terms
- Education as field of activity of the school
- Education at school
- Socialization
2. Field of activity of the school
2.1 Theory of school
- Theory of school
- Curriculum theory
- School development
2.2 Theory of instruction
- Didactic analysis
- Principles of learning
- Handling of heterogeneity
851-0242-05LHow to Develop and to Implement Teaching Projects in Outdoor Education Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 25.

Enrolment possible with Teaching Diploma matriculation, except for Teaching Diploma Sport.
W2 credits2SH. Gubelmann, S. Peteranderl-Rüschoff
AbstractTopics in natural Science are frequently tought outside the classroom.
Along the River Reuss, students develop outdoor teaching-projects in their subjects and combine them with other subjects.
We also give instruction on principles of organisation of outdoor projects and leadership in school: Students are involved in the practical realization of the camp and programme alongside the Reuss.
ObjectiveStudents learn to implement their theoretical background of their subject in practical outdoor-projects that are specifically designed for school.
ContentTopics in natural Science are frequently tought outside the classroom.
This course has an interdisciplinary approach: Along the River Reuss, students develop outdoor teaching-projects in their subjects and combine them with other subjects.
We also give instruction on principles of organisation of outdoor projects and leadership in school: Students are involved in the practical realization of the camp and programme alongside the Reuss.
Lecture notesNo Script
Prerequisites / NoticeMaximum of Participants 25, open for all Subjects except Sports
851-0242-06LCognitively Activating Instructions in MINT Subjects Restricted registration - show details
Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma or Teaching Certificate (excluding Teaching Diploma Sport).

This course unit can only be enroled after successful participation in, or during enrolment in the course 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW 1)".
W2 credits2SR. Schumacher
AbstractThis seminar focuses on teaching units in chemistry, physics and mathematics that have been developed at the MINT Learning Center of the ETH Zurich. In the first meeting, the mission of the MINT Learning Center will be communicated. Furthermore, in groups of two, the students will intensively work on, refine and optimize a teaching unit following a goal set in advance.
Objective- Get to know cognitively activating instructions in MINT subjects
- Get information about recent literature on learning and instruction
Prerequisites / NoticeFür eine reibungslose Semesterplanung wird um frühe Anmeldung und persönliches Erscheinen zum ersten Lehrveranstaltungstermin ersucht.
851-0242-07LHuman Intelligence Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.

Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma or Teaching Certificate (excluding Teaching Diploma Sport).

This course unit can only be enroled after successful participation in, or imultaneous enrolment in the course 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW 1)" .
W1 credit1SE. Stern
AbstractThe focus will be on the book "Intelligenz: Grosse Unterschiede und ihre Folgen" by Stern and Neubauer. Participation at the first meeting is obligatory. It is required that all participants read the complete book. Furthermore, in two meetings of 90 minutes, concept papers developed in small groups (5 - 10 students) will be discussed.
Objective- Understanding of research methods used in the empirical human sciences
- Getting to know intelligence tests
- Understanding findings relevant for education
851-0242-08LResearch Methods in Educational Science Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.

This course unit can only be enroled after successful participation in, or imultaneous enrolment in the course 851-0240-00L "Human Learning (EW 1)" .
W1 credit1SP. Edelsbrunner, T. Braas, Z. Lue, C. M. Thurn
AbstractLiterature from learning sciences will be read and discussed. Research methods will be in focus.
At the first meeting all participants will be allocated to working groups and two further meetings will be set up with the groups.
In the small groups students will write critical short essays about the read literature. The essays will be presented and discussed in the plenum at the third meeting.
Objective- Understand research methods used in the empirical educational sciences
- Understand and critically examine information from scientific journals and media
- Understand pedagogically relevant findings from the empirical educational sciences
851-0242-11LGender Issues In Education and STEM Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 20.

Enrolment only possible with matriculation in Teaching Diploma or Teaching Certificate (excluding Teaching Diploma Sport).

Prerequisite: students should be taking the course 851-0240-00L Human Learning (EW1) in parallel, or to have successfully completed it.
W2 credits2SM. Berkowitz Biran, C. M. Thurn
AbstractIn this seminar, we will introduce some of the major gender-related issues in the context of education and science learning, such as the under-representation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Common perspectives, controversies and empirical evidence will be discussed.
Objective- To familiarize students with gender issues in the educational and STEM context and with controversies regarding these issues
- To develop a critical view on existing perspectives.
- To integrate this knowledge with teacher's work.
ContentWhy do fewer women than men specialize in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? Are girls better in language and boys better in math? These and other questions about gender differences relevant to education and STEM learning have been occupying researchers for decades. In this seminar, students will learn about major gender issues in the educational context and the different perspectives for understanding them.

Students will read and critically discuss selected publications on these topics and their implications for the classroom context. There will be weekly (or bi-weekly) assignments as well as a final project in which students will integrate and elaborate on the topics learned in the seminar.
Prerequisites / NoticeRecommended: Completion of the course 851-0240-00L Human Learning (EW1).

Active participation in the seminar.
851-0242-09LStudent Research Projects: Practical Research on Learning and Instruction Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
Number of participants limited to 20.

The sucessful completion of both course no. 851-0240-00L "Menschliches Lernen (EW 1)" and course no. 851-0238-01L "Unterstützung und Diagnose von Wissenserwerbsprozessen (EW 3)" is a necessary prerequisite for this course.
W2 credits2SE. Stern
AbstractIn teams of two, participants in this seminar conduct their own research project. Each team is advised by one of the researchers serving as lecturers in this course. Basic conceptual and methodological issues are the topic of a series of plenary meetings; however, the major part of the work is done in small-group meetings with the advising researcher, and in self-directed research projects.
ObjectiveThe course is targeted at advanced students who have taken an interest in gathering practical research experience in the field of Learning & Instruction. In teams of two, students conduct their own research projects (planning, conducting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting research); thus, the course requires a high amount of self-directed working. Students are personally advised, and supported in their research project, by one of the researchers serving as lecturers in this course. During the first half the semester, relevant methodological knowledge and skills are practiced during plenary meetings and in students` independent reading (e.g. generating and testing research questions, designing experiments, and analyzing data in the field of Learning and Instruction)

Learning goals include:
- Participants can illustrate and explain basic methods and concepts for research in the fields of Learning and Instruction, e.g. with the help of practical examples.
- Participants can generate testable research questions for a topic relevant in the fields of Learning and Instruction.
- Participants can design and conduct a study that is relevant for answering their research question.
- Participants can summarize and evaluate the main results from a study in the field of learning and Instruction, with regard to the research question being asked.
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