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EDU-315-20/EDU-515-50, Curriculum and Methods in Early Childhood Education (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR: Joy Richardson,

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: January 30—April 10--6:00-8:45 p.m.  Fourier 102

CONTENT:

The course presents the curriculum methods and materials for early childhood programs, preschool through the early primary grades.  Instruction in assessment, planning, and implementation of interdisciplinary activities to stimulate the cognitive, linguistic, social and motor development of young children will be provided.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-Students will apply knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice to planning lessons and selecting materials for the early childhood classroom.

-Students will design lessons that connect learning objectives in all subject areas—science, social studies, mathematics, art, music, language arts and technology—with classroom activities and assessment strategies.

-Students will develop the observational skills necessary for effective planning and assessment of young children.

-Students will understand the role of the early childhood teacher with regard to parents, family and the community in order to plan and implement curriculum that is relevant and responsive to every student

-Students will increase their knowledge of philosophical orientations and theories and understand how they apply to the early childhood curriculum.

-Students will participate in discussions to increase their knowledge and understanding of the professional requirements of the early childhood educator, including ethical responsibilities, the need to understand cultural and linguistic diversity, and issues of violence, abuse and neglect in the lives of young children.

-Students will use the Internet to access appropriate web sites to enhance their understanding of current curriculum practices.

REQUIRED READING:

Jablon, Judy, Dombro, Amy and Dichtelmiller, Margo,  (2008) The Power of Observation Washington, D.C., Teaching Strategies, Inc.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Warner, Laverne and Sower, Judith (2005)  Educating Young Children from Preschool through the Primary Grades.  New York, Pearson Education, Inc.

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

-Class attendance and active participation in discussion of reading assignments and peer teaching presentations--4 points per class. (40 points)

-Group Study of Early Childhood Theory/Theorists/Practice (30 points)

-Research Paper and Presentation of Research Topic (30 points)

-Complete “Stand Alone” Lesson Plan (10 Points)

-Annotated Bibliography of Five Web Sites (10 points)

-Peer Teaching Assignment--complete lesson plan and teaching of lesson to peers (50 points) Breakdown—10 points for plan; 40 points for implementation/teaching.

-Reflection Paper (10 points)

GRADING POLICY:

A:  95—100; B+: 90—94; B:  85—89; C+: 80-84; C:  75-79; D:  70—74; E:  69 and below

Note: All written assignments will be graded for content and mechanics.  If a paper is late it will not receive an A unless reasonable extenuating circumstances apply.

READING TO BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Read as much as you can from The Power of Observation.  It’s an easy read, but it provides a great basis for discussion.