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ECE 112 - Curriculum Development

Course Description

This course assists the student in understanding that play, developmental integration and active learning are critical to achieving meaningful curriculum for young children. The course develops knowledge and skills that will enable the student to establish a learning environment appropriate for young children. Topics include: instructional media, learning environments, curriculum approaches, development of curriculum plans and materials, transitional activities, approaches to teaching, learning, and assessing, and appropriate assessment strategies.

 

 

Competency Areas

Hours

Instructional Media

Class

3

Learning Environments

D. Lab

0

Curriculum Approaches

P. Lab/ O.B.I

2

Development of Curriculum Plans and Materials

Credit

3

Transitional Activities

 

 

Approaches to teaching, learning, and assessing

 

 

Appropriate Assessment Strategies

 

 

                                                                     

Prerequisites/Corequisites:

ECE 101, ECE 103

 

 

 

 

 

Course Guide

 

Competency

After completing this section, the student will:

Hours

Class

D.Lab

P.Lab/

O.B.I.

INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA

2

0

2

Technology in the classroom

Operate equipment to enhance instruction.

 

 

 

LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

5

0

5

Room arrangement

Describe appropriately arranged spaces for children.

 

 

 

Evaluation        

Discuss the use of the plan, implement, and evaluate cycle.

 

 

 

CURRICULUM APPROACHES

5

0

0

Types of curriculum

Compare various curriculum approaches and assessments used in early learning environments.

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT OF CURRICULUM PLANS AND MATERIALS

7

0

5

Materials

Prepare developmentally appropriate curriculum materials.

 

 

 

Special activities

Plan special activities

 

 

 

Community resources

Plan activities using community resources.

 

 

 

TRANSITIONAL ACTIVITIES

1

0

0

 

Describe appropriate transitional activities.

 

 

 

 

Plan appropriate transitional activities.

 

 

 

APPROACHES TO TEACHING, LEARNING, AND ASSESSING

5

0

5

 

Identify methods of accommodating diverse learning styles and intelligences.

 

 

 

 

Develop and effectively implement a lesson plan, a unit, and a learning/discovery center.

 

 

 

APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES

5

0

3

Types of Assessment

Describe a variety of effective, research- based assessment techniques and their use in communicating with families and other professionals

 

 

 

Assessment Strategies

Describe the use of assessment as a planning tool for curriculum.

 

 

 

 

Describe the importance of responsible assessment practices.

 

 

 

 

Suggested Resources

 

Media
(Print
Audio/Visual
Web / Other

Note: Please adhere to the APA Formatting and Style Guidelines.
Examples:
   Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

   Duncan, G.J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Print

Bredekamp, Sue; Copple, Carol (editors). (1997). Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (revised edition). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Print

Boyd Cadwell, L., (1997) Bringing Reggio Emilia Home, New York, NY, Teachers College Press.

Print

Helm, Judy & Beneke, Sallee (2000), The Power of Projects: Meeting Contemporary Challenges in Early Childhood Classrooms-- Strategies and Solutions

Print

Edwards, C.P., Gandini, L. & Forman, G.E. (Eds.), (1993) The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education: Greenwich, CT, Ablex.

Audio/Visual

Setting Up the Learning Environment.  High Scope Press.  1992.  VHS.  13 minutes.

Print

Fraser, Susan. (2000) Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom Nelson: Toronto

Audio Visual

Supporting Children's Active Learning.  High Scope Press.  1989.  VHS.  13 minutes

Print

Katz, L.G. & Chard, S.C. (2000) Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach. 2nd Edition. Ablex

Print

Open Window. (1994) Portfolio of 40 slides showing the schools of Reggio Emilia and children with teachers at work in them. City of Reggio Emilia. (Distributed in the US by Reggio Children USA)     

Print

Dodge, D. & Colker, L.  (1992). The Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood.  Teaching Strategies, INC.

Posted: 08/20/08