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EDC 222 Early Childhood Principles
Wolf, Amy


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Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


Course

EDC 222 Early Childhood Principles

Semester

U1T 2010 DL

Faculty

Wolf, Amy

Title

Assistant Professor and School for Education Coordinator of ECE

Degrees/Certificates

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Early Childhood Education and Sociology
M.A. Human Development and Family Studies: Emphasis Early Childhood Education, Higher Education and Administration
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies; Emphasis: Children in Group Settings

Office Location

Copley 320

Office Hours

Tuesdays (virtual only) 9:15-10:15 p.m. CST; Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. CST OR By appointment please call or text mobile!

Daytime Phone

816-590-8282 (mobile)

Other Phone

913-432-7803 (home) or (816)584-6303 (office)

E-Mail

amy.wolf@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 11, 2010-March 7, 2010

Class Days

TBA-Please note due dates!!

Class Time

TBA-Please note due dates

Prerequisites

EDC 220

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Early Childhood Education Today, 11th Edition
By George S. Morrison
ISBN-10: 0-13-501052-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-501052-5
Published by Merrill
© 2009
Pub. Date: Mar 13, 2008

Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
Author(s): Bredekamp, Sue; Copple, Carol; National Association for the Education of Young Children
ISBN10: 1928896642
ISBN13: 9781928896647
Format: Bound Book
Pub. Date: 1/1/2009
Publisher(s): NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN
*Websites will be used throughout the semester….assigned times come with discussion questions.


Students seeking Early Childhood Certification must purchase Foliotek as a required text. Contact carol.williams@park.edu to purchase. Students who are in the Early Childhood Teaching Young Children and Early Childhood Education and Leadership will need to purchase once the portfolio is established. All work must be saved for input.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
EDC222 Early Childhood Principles: An introduction to early childhood principles and their impli- cations for teaching. Students will be familiar with the philosophical framework of developmentally appropriate practices as a basis for making professional decisions. Students will observe for a total of five (5) hours in each of the following early childhood settings: Infants/Toddler, Pre-Kindergarten, and Primary. K-3. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
 

The professor draws from Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, in that it is important to allow for diverse learning styles in all classrooms. Further, she believes in the fact that individuals learn through collaboration and construction of their own knowledge. In other words the professor draws heavily from theorists such as Dewey, Vygotsky, Piaget, Bruner to name a few. The professor provides time to share personal experiences and ideas to understand multiple perspectives.

The class is organized in the style of a seminar including techniques such as: in-class dialogue, demonstration, discussion board, observation, library/internet research, collaborative group projects and oral presentations.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe significant historical, philosophical, psychological, and social foundations of current practice in early childhood education.
  2. Apply knowledge of child growth, development, and learning to teaching practice.
  3. Identify the characteristics and principles guiding the planning, implementation, and evaluation of developmentally appropriate materials, activities, and strategies in an integrated curriculum in various early childhood settings.
  4. Identify the characteristics and purposes of learning environments using concrete manipulative materials, child choice and decision-making, and play as a context for enhancing development.
  5. Demonstrate the importance of reflection in teaching.
  6. Articulate a developing philosophy of early childhood education as a basis for making professional decisions.


Core Assessment:
Three Classroom Observations with Analysis and Reflection  

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Core Assessment: All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. The core assessment for this course is the Observations and Reflections.

Three Observations (210 pts) Candidates will observe in three different early childhood settings (Infant/Toddler, Pre-primary, Primary), 5 hours each,for a total of 15 hours. 

A. Observation part

  1. Plan to observe for 5 hours (Minimum) in each program serving infants or toddlers, Pre-primary and Kindergarten or early elementary (1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade). Complete the observation guide for the specified age group (addressing Developmentally Appropriate Practices for the specific age groups as defined in Copple and Bredekamp). The examples you provide must address each indicator provided on the guide. If you do not observe a behavior, you are still responsible for stating what you observed and how it might be changed in order to become developmentally appropriate.

B. Reflection part (completed upon the conclusion of the observation):

For each observation (infant/toddler, pre-primary and early elementary), reflect on learnings from the assignment. This should be completed once the observations have concluded. Keep in mind the following questions to help organize your thinking.

  1. What are you noticing that seems important for your teaching?
  2. How are these learnings helping you develop a vision of the teacher you want to be?
  3. Describe the readings that help explain your understanding of the observations? (Cite readings)
  4. Why might your learnings be important for the year children will spend in your company?
  5. How are your learnings helping you envision children as capable and competent?
  6. How are you coming to appreciate the values that underlie teaching decisions. 

Class Assessment:

Participation in class discussion board. Evidence of reading assignments is evident through the application of ideas and reflection in discussion boards. 90 Total Points (10 points for each discussion board and 5 points each for community building)

Project 1: Observations and Reflections (Core Assessment)

A. Observation part

  1. Plan to observe for 5 hours (Minimum) in each program serving infants or toddlers, Pre-primary and Kindergarten or early elementary (1st, 2nd or 3rd grade).
  2. Complete the observation guide for the specified age group (addressing Developmentally Appropriate Practices for the specific age groups as defined in Copple and Bredekamp). The examples you provide must address each indicator provided on the guide. If you do not observe a behavior, you are still responsible for stating what you observed and how it might be changed in order to become developmentally appropriate.

B. Reflection part (completed upon the conclusion of the observation):

For each observation (infant/toddler, pre-primary and early elementary), reflect on learnings from the assignment. This should be completed once the observations have concluded. Keep in mind the following questions to help organize your thinking.

  1. What are you noticing that seems important for your teaching?
  2. How are these learnings helping you develop a vision of the teacher you want to be?
  3. Describe the readings that help explain your understanding of the observations? (Cite readings)
  4. Why might your learnings be important for the year children will spend in your company?
  5. How are your learnings helping you envision children as capable and competent?
  6. How are you coming to appreciate the values that underlie teaching decisions.

210 Total Points 

Project 2: Model/Approach/Program Presentation Participate in a group presentation on the topic assigned. Grades are determined upon both individual and group performance. Groups will not only describe the model/approach/program (when it began, philosophy), but they should also identify the positives and negatives of their identified model/approach or program. The presentation must include a Power Point. Be creative in your presentation! Students should use resources to collaborate (virtual café, document sharing, etc.)

20 Total Points

Project 3: Technology Paper Description: During week 7, participate in the online discussion regarding technology. In addition to the regular text book reading, candidates will select 1 academic article to help understand appropriate uses of technology in an early childhood classroom AND 1 article to help analyze appropriate software for children in age group selected (3-5 year olds or 6-8 year olds).

After participating in the online discussion, candidates will select 1 computer software program for young children (either 3-5 year olds or 6-8 year olds). Candidates will play the game with a child of that age group. Fully describe what occurs in the program and how the child responds.

Using the information gained through the discussion board, analyze the software using the academic articles and text. Determine whether the software is appropriate to use in the classroom/with young children. Make sure to cite sources.

20 Total Points

Proctored Final Exam Write an essay that describes your understanding of the early childhood competencies. Define each competency in your own words and provide specific examples that demonstrate your knowledge. (Competencies can be located at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/divteachqual/teached/competencies/ece_404.pdf . These will be provided on the day of the exam.)

45 Total Points

Dispositions Teacher candidate dispositions are measured in this course. EDC 222 is a “key” course determined by the School for Education faculty members where dispositions are measured. A self evaluation will be submitted then a faculty evaluation will follow. These dispositions are used in the admittance process to the School for Education.

Grading:
 

A project packet, which includes all scoring guides and complete descriptions of assignments, will be located in document sharing.

 90 pts Participation 
210 pts Project 1: Observations and Reflections (Core Assessment)
 20 pts Project 2: Model/Approach/Program Presentation
 20 pts Project 3: Technology Paper
 45 pts Proctored Final Exam
 
Grading Scale
347-385 A
308-346 B
270-307 C
228-269 D

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Teacher candidates must follow the criteria outlined and abide by the due dates for each project. Late submissions are accepted only with prior approval from the professor. Twenty percent of the total points (for the project) may be deducted if the professor accepts the paper as a late submission. It is the teacher candidate’s responsibility to contact the professor prior to due date if he/she does not understand the criteria for the assignments as explained.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Reading/Class Participation Teacher candidates are required to read the textbook chapters in order to participate in class discussion boards. Small group work includes dialogue and problem solving throughout the semester. Individual teacher candidates can receive partial points for class participation and discussion boards. The class projects are based on contents covered in the text and class dialogue.

Writing Assignments Scoring guides that include format for written assignments are provided for the course. Teacher candidates should attend the writing center to ensure that papers do not bear any technical writing and typological errors. Teacher candidates must cite references using APA style within the contents of the paper. Teacher candidates should write papers in order to explain all information (assume that the reader does not understand the information presented). This form of writing will enable the students to explain their ideas and understanding of content to the professor. Furthermore, this form will better enable students to explain ideas to family members of children with whom they will work in the future. All written papers should be saved for the purpose of revision. Teacher candidates are allowed to make one revision for each written project if the grade is less than ninety percent and submitted on time. The due date for the revised papers is two weeks after they have been returned to students.

Visiting Programs When visiting programs or schools for observations it is essential that teacher candidates always remember that they are representatives of Park University. Professional dress and behaviors are required during all observations. Candidates must review the protocols for visiting programs, sign and return to professor prior to observing.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week one

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 1!
  • Readings for Week: Morrison, Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Wednesday

  • DUE: Initial responses to all discussion board questions by 7 p.m. CT.
  • DUE: “Mini Home Page” by 11 p.m. CT

Friday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT.

Sunday

  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 7 p.m. CT
  • End of Week 1

Week Two

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 2!
  • Readings for Week: Morrison, Chapters 4-5 and APPENDIX A Copple & Bredekamp Chapter 1
  • To Make a Portrait of a Lion video
  • Available for viewing: Overview of Proctored Final Exam

Wednesday

  • DUE: Initial responses to all discussion board questions by 7 p.m. CT.
  • DUE: Community Building Discussion Board by 11 p.m. CT

 Friday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT. 

Sunday

  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 7 p.m. CT
  • End of Week 2

Week Three

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 3!
  • Readings for Week: Morrison, Chapters 6-8
    I’m Just a Bill from School House Rocks video
    Selected websites as directed in discussion board
  • Available for viewing:
    Overview of Project 2: Power Point presentation

Wednesday

  • DUE: Initial responses to all discussion board questions by 7 p.m. CT.

Friday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT.

Sunday

  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 7 p.m. CT
  • End of Week 3

Week Four

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 4!
  • Readings for Week: Morrison, Chapters 9, 14, 15, 16, & 17
    Copple & Bredekamp Chapter 3
    Ready to Walk video
  • Available for viewing: Overview of Project 1, Part A

Wednesday

  • DUE: Initial responses to all discussion board questions by 7 p.m. CT.

Friday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT.

Sunday

  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 7 p.m. CT
  • End of Week 4

  


Week Five

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 5!
  • Readings for Week:
    Morrison, Chapters 10, 14, 15, 16, & 17
    Copple & Bredekamp Chapter 5
    To Make a Portrait of a Lion (Segment 1) video
  • Available for viewing: Overview of Project 1, Part B
  • DUE Sunday: Project 1, Part A 

Wednesday

  • DUE: Initial responses to all discussion board questions by 7 p.m. CT.

Friday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT.

Sunday

  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 7 p.m. CT
  • DUE: Project 1, Part A by 11 p.m. CT 
  • End of Week 5

Week Six

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 6!
  • Readings for Week: Morrison, Chapters 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, & 17
    Copple & Bredekamp Chapters 7 & 9
    Jed Draws His Bicycle video
  • Available for viewing: Overview of Project 1, Part C
  • DUE Sunday: Project 1, Part B  
  • DUE Sunday: Powerpoint Presentation (for instructor feedback)

Wednesday

  • DUE: Initial responses to all discussion board questions by 7 p.m. CT.

Friday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT.

Sunday

  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 7 p.m. CT
  • DUE: Project 1, Part B by 11 p.m. CT 
  • End of Week 6

Week Seven

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 7!
  • Readings  Morrison, Chapter 13
    One academic article to help understand appropriate uses of technology in early childhood classrooms (infants, toddlers, pre-primary, and early elementary)
    One article to help analyze appropriate software for children (pre-primary and early elementary children)
    * Academic articles include research to help support ideas. A search engine does not always include academic articles. It is advisable to use ERIC or Ebscohost.
  • Overview Project 3: Technology Paper
  • DUE Sunday: Project 1, Part C  

Wednesday

  • DUE: Initial responses to all discussion board questions by 7 p.m. CT.

Friday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT.

Sunday

  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 7 p.m. CT
  • DUE: Project 1, Part C by 11 p.m. CT 
  • DUE: Revisions to Power Point (do not need to submit; will submit on discussion board)
  • End of Week 7

Week Eight

Monday

  • Welcome to Week 8!
  • Readings for Week: PowerPoint Presentations as posted (POST BY 7am CT)DUE TODAY:  Project 3: Technology Paper by 11 p.m. CT .

Wednesday

   Responses to questions due by 7 p.m. CT

Thursday

  • DUE: Critical response to at least 3 classmates by 11 a.m. CT.

Friday

  • DUE: Proctored Final Exam by 7 p.m. CT 
  • DUE: Return to discussion board to review critical responses and any additional posts by the professor by 11 a.m. CT
  • End of Week 8

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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Provides descriptive accounts of the setting, teaching strategies, and learning experiences observed. Includes descriptive accounts of the children's participation, responses, initiative, etc. Brief accounts of teaching strategies.  



Brief accounts of the children's responses. 
Little effort to help reader visualize setting, interactions, or learning experiences. Little if any attention to children's responses.







 
No evidence... 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Responses are well-developed with explanations of two or more relevant examples (for each question) from your fieldwork.



•How are these learnings helping you develop a vision of the teacher you want to be?  (NAEYC Standard 5d)



•How are your learnings helping you envision children as capable and competent? (NAEYC Standard 4a)















 
Responses address questions with reference to at least one example from your fieldwork (for each question).  



•How are these learnings helping you develop a vision of the teacher you want to be?  (NAEYC Standard 5d)



•How are your learnings helping you envision children as capable and competent? (NAEYC Standard 4a)



























 
Examples from fieldwork are inappropriate or missing.



•How are these learnings helping you develop a vision of the teacher you want to be?  (NAEYC Standard 5d)



•How are your learnings helping you envision children as capable and competent? (NAEYC Standard 4a)







 
No evidence. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
5, 6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Response is well-developed with explanations of two or more relevant examples from your fieldwork or readings.



•How are you coming to appreciate the values that underlie teaching decisions? (NAEYC Standard 5d)



 
Response addresses the question and includes a reference to at least one example from your fieldwork or readings.  



•How are you coming to appreciate the values that underlie teaching decisions? (NAEYC Standard 5d)



 
Response fails to appropriately address the question.  Relies on personal opinion.



•How are you coming to appreciate the values that underlie teaching decisions? (NAEYC Standard 5d)



 
No evidence of addressing the required questions. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Response is well-developed with explanations of two or more relevant examples from your readings.



•Why might these learnings be important for the year children will spend in your company?  (NAEYC Standard 5d)



 
Response addresses the question and includes a reference to at least one example from your readings.  



•Why might these learnings be important for the year children will spend in your company?  (NAEYC Standard 5d)











 
Response fails to appropriately address the question.  Relies on personal opinion.



•Why might these learnings be important for the year children will spend in your company?  (NAEYC Standard 5d)











 
No evidence. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Reflection explains teaching practices in relation to major theorists: Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey, and Erikson.



 
Reflection references observed teaching practices to major theorists: Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey, and Erikson.







 
Reflection makes little if any reference to theorists.







 
No evidence. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Careful attention to spelling and grammar.







Well-organized paragraphs.







 
Some errors in grammar and spelling (5 or less).



Paragraphs help organize thinking.



 
Substantial errors in grammar and spelling (more than 5).







Construction of paragraphs is confusing.



































 
 
First Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Outcomes
Identify the characteristics and purposes of learning environments using concrete manipulative materials, child choice and decision-making, and play as a context for enhancing development. (MoSTEP Standards 1.2.4.  EC 6.3 NAEYC 4b)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Assignment clearly explains the specific contributions of a learning environment that invites the child to investigate, make meaningful decisions, and play as a way of making sense of her/his world.



 
Assignment makes a brief reference to the importance of a learning environment that invites the child to investigate, make meaningful decisions, and play as a way of making sense of her/his world.



 
Little if any reference to the importance of a learning environment that invites the child to investigate, make meaningful decisions, and play as a way of making sense of her/his world



 
No evidence of competency 
Second Disciplinary Competency                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Reflect on professional learnings. (MoSTEP 1.2.9, EC 7.6 NAEYC 5)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Reflection clearly explains your growth in professional learnings, that is, the reader is able to understand how you viewed the role of the teacher of young children at the beginning of the semester, and how your thinking has evolved.







Specific examples of growth are provided and linked to the vision statement of the Park University Early Childhood Department.  



 
Reflection references your growth in professional learnings.







Statements of growth are general rather than specific.  











 
Reflection makes little if any references to your growth in professional learnings.







Statements of growth are vague and generic, failing to reflect the specific content of the course.







 
No evidence of competency 

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