Early Learning Curriculum in the Pre-School Years

ECED 406 (3.0) Online – Course Outline

EVALUATION

Assignment 1:  Weekly Responses to Readings
Assignment 2:  Observations of an Early Childhood Environment or an interview with an Early Childhood Educator
Assignment 3:  Final Paper

DESCRIPTION

The development of pre-Kindergarten programs with reference to recent research, theories of early learning, and curriculum trends and practices.

This online course will explore the breadth of research on early childhood pedagogy. This course will introduce students to the link between sociocultural theory and young children’s development, the changing role of the early childhood educator, authentic early childhood environments, the significance of children’s ‘voice’ in curriculum development and classroom design, children’s engagement with changing communication systems, their evolving identities, and the ‘languages’ of assessment and evaluation for young learners.

OBJECTIVES

To develop an understanding of:

  • Early childhood issues and trends
  • Theoretical perspectives influencing early childhood education
  • The role of the educator in early learning contexts
  • Children’s involvement in curriculum development and classroom design
  • Children’s multi-layered identities
  • Evaluation and assessment strategies for young children

OUTLINE

WEEK TOPICS
1

Image of the Child

Examines the evolution of how children have been viewed by society, and provokes reflection on how our past experiences and cultural norms shape our own images of children.

2

Sociocultural Theory: Young Children, their Families and Communities

Provides insight into the flexible webs of relationships and communities that young students are a part of outside of the classroom.

3

Pedagogy of Play

Highlights the different types and stages of play in young children’s worlds.

4

The Negotiated Curriculum and the Evolving Role of the Early Childhood Educator

Provides insight into the concept of the ‘emergent curriculum’ in early childhood classrooms, and the teacher’s role in this collaborative process.

5

Children’s ‘Voices’ in Early Childhood Contexts

Highlights the importance of valuing and respecting children’s ideas, thoughts, and perspective in the early childhood context.

6

Contemporary Childhood: The Influence of Digital Technology & Popular Culture in Children’s Worlds

Examines the significant role digital technology and popular culture narratives play in children’s out-of-school lives, and provokes us to reflect on our own beliefs on the inclusion of digital technology and popular culture in early childhood classrooms.

7

Early Learning Environment

Highlights the notion of co-constructing beautiful and stimulating learning environments with young children.

8

Children’s Multiple Identities

Examines how children’s sense of identity evolves, and explores the significant role ‘imagined communities’ play in young children’s development.

9

Home-School-Community Connections

Discusses the importance of developing meaningful and reciprocal partnerships with students’ families and local community members.

10

Multimodality:  Children as Meaning-Makers

Introduces the concept that children have many layers of representational resources available to them, such as play, movement, song and artistic activity, which enable them to make sense of their world.

11

‘Languages’ of Assessment and Evaluation for Young Children

Explores the different forms of assessment and documentation that can be used in early childhood classrooms.

12

Reflections

A review of the course, with a discussion on the seminal ideas that have resonated with you or transformed your thinking on early childhood education.

REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS

Call the UBC Bookstore to order: (604) 604-822-2665    Toll free: 1-800-661-3889   or

Order online:  http://shop.bookstore.ubc.ca/courselistbuilder.aspx

  • Fraser, Susan.  Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom, Third Canadian Edition. ISBN-10: 0176501363
  • Ebook option: http://www.coursesmart.com/search

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

LIBRARY RESOURCES: Connect From Home

Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to http://services.library.ubc.ca/off-campus-access/connect-from-home/

MORE INFORMATION

Telephone: 604-822-2013, or toll-free in North America: 1-888-492-1122
Email: pro-d.educ@ubc.ca


Latest Revision on: March 22, 2017