Conceptualizing & Transforming Science Teaching and Learning


Encouraging the quality of our students’ thinking provides a richer, more concrete understanding for students of both the knowledge base of the course, but also of themselves as thinkers. As science educators, it is our responsibility to strive towards intentionality in cultivating, encouraging, providing opportunities for and modeling critical thought throughout the knowledge base of our curriculum in order to aid our students in becoming critically engaged citizens of the world. In this course, educational theory will be integrated with evidence-based critical thinking instructional and assessment practices to inspire teachers towards creating a science classroom culture of critical thinking.

Note: Although particular focus will be given to secondary science practices, course study will be easily transferable to elementary or adult learning science teaching and learning settings.

Topics of Study will include:

  • How to link historical and modern conceptualizations of what critical thinking is
  • How to understand and weave the Critical Thinking Competency Profiles in the BC Curriculum into science teaching
  • and learning for enhanced student engagement
  • How to apply current research in critical thinking competency to teaching practice, including how to navigate the gap
  • between critical thinking theory and teacher usability
  • How to differentiate learning to support diversity and enhance student engagement
  • How to question and respond to the classroom learning environment in order to effectively use student feedback in
  • guiding the learning journey and further enhancing critical thinking competency
  • How to move away from the “memorize and assess” method of teaching high school science curriculum to a more
  • engaging and effective approach to teaching and learning.

Liz Saville

Liz Saville is an Adjunct Professor and Research Assistant in the Okanagan School of Education where she brings 20 years of STEM teaching experience at both the K-12 and post secondary level.

She was the recipient of both the Outstanding Master’s Student Award and the Vicki Green Grad student award in 2018 for her work in critical thinking competency teaching and learning.

How to apply

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have  2018 courses Summer registration eligibility.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at https://secure.students.ubc.ca/nondegree/apply.cfm

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have a 2018 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.