Undergraduate Co-curricular Badges
The Critical Science Literacy co-curricular initiative is a series of four one-hour workshops occurring over four consecutive weeks. Participants are introduced to the four dimensions of critical social practice and discuss critical literacy through a science perspective. They gradually develop a lesson plan, drawing on the Alberta science curriculum. Participants also share journals that capture their learning and reflections. The workshop incorporates brief interactive presentations and small group and whole group discussions to generate ways of integrating critical science literacy into pedagogies. By the end of the series, participants will have developed one lesson plan to use for their practicum. After the last workshop, each participant participates in a 30 to 45 minute individual interview.
This initiative is beneficial to pre-service teachers because it provides them with the necessary tools to build the capacity to integrate critical science literacy into pedagogies to empower learners.
The Critical Literacy and Black Inclusion co-curricular initiative is a series of two full-day workshops. Each workshop incorporates three components: 1) the Alberta African Arts and Cultural Centre’s (AAACCENT) presentation on pre-colonial Africa and Black Africans’ values and contributions; 2) an exploration of the four dimensions of critical social practice, including discussions of ways to engage in practices that challenge the status quo and promote social justice and inclusion of diverse groups; 3) a focus group discussion to reflect on learning. In the process, pre-service teachers will help AAACCENT with the co-design and implementation of two cultural events. By the end of the project, participants will also develop one lesson plan to use for their practicum.
This initiative is beneficial to pre-service teachers because it provides them with the necessary tools to build the capacity to integrate critical literacy into pedagogies and promote social justice and inclusion of Blacks in particular and diverse groups in general.