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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEC7404

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-11-08
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1662 2007-03-27
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Childhood Education ED 1721
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Suzanne Quinn 41028 squinn@tempest.coedu.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EEC 7404 Ecological Approaches to work w/Childr, Fam, Commu

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Eco Appr to work w child fam
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    -

    Prerequisites

    none

    Corequisites

    none

    Course Description

    Focuses on issues relevant to young children within the context of their families and communities. Foundational and current research is examined in light of social policies. Open to all adv. grad stud & may not be repeated for credit.


  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    In order to advance the field of early childhood education, professionals must work toward knowing the diverse context from which children come and the trends and issues affecting the children and their families in order to facilitate their education. Lac

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is required for those students taking the curriculum and instruction PhD with an early childhood education specialization. It is also available to other curriculum and instruction advanced graduate students seeking a cognate in early childhood education.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes- 2 times.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Course instructors must have an earned doctorate in early childhood education, or a related field.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. Identify research theory related to the contexts of child development. CF 2; NAEYC 1a, 1b,

    Be familiar with foundational and current research related to child development, family studies, and the implications of public policies on children and families. CF 2, 4, 6; NAEYC 5c

    2. Link theory and research with best practices in education. CF 4; NAEYC 4b, 4c, 4d, 5c

    understand the connection between research and theory in the social sciences and education. CF 4; NAEYC 4c;

    3. Construct an advocacy rationale for public policies that support children and their families based on the theoretical underpinnings of the research literature CF 5; NAEYC 2b, 5e

    4. Develop a line of inquiry that will add to the current body of knowledge of educational practice that considers ecological perspectives of human development. CF 2, 4; NAEYC 5c,

    5. Demonstrate their practice of teaching and learning from a socio-cultural perspective. CF 2; NAEYC 4d;

    *CF denotes the COE Conceptual Framework and NAEYC denotes the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Standards

    B. Learning Outcomes

    a. identify theoretical literature related to the contexts of child development – via papers, article critiques, research summaries, action research, and service learning projects.

    b. discuss foundational and current research related to child development, family studies, and the implications of public policies on children and families.

    c. apply theory and research to best practices in early childhood education – via papers, article critiques, research summaries, action research, and service learning projects.

    d. describe the connection between child/family/community research and theory in the social sciences and education – via papers, article critiques, research summaries, action research, and service learning projects.

    e. apply advocate strategies to public policies that support children and their families - via papers, article critiques, research summaries, action research, and service learning projects.

    f. design a line of inquiry that will add to the current body of knowledge of educational practice that considers ecological perspectives of human development - via papers, article critiques, research summaries, action research, and service learning projects.

    g. analyze how socio-cultural perspective informs the practice of teaching and learning - via papers, article critiques, research summaries, action research, and service learning projects.

    C. Major Topics

    Theoretical models of human development: Human ecology, Cultural psychology: the “developmental niche,” Socio-cultural perspectives

    The social construction of childhood: Biological parameters/definitions, Social condition of “childhood,” Sociological perspectives

    Specific Application of child development theories and current research to early childhood educational practices in the domains of Development: Physical, Social/Emotional/Affective, Communicative, Cognitive

    Research methods including but not limited to: Ethics of research on vulnerable populations, Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies

    Production of submission-quality paper centered on one of review of the literature, action research, or service-learning

    Current Family Studies scholarship:

    “The” family?

    Family decline and change

    Diverse family structures

    The role of parents in child development

    Attachment

    Parenting style

    The role of mothers and fathers in the construction of the family

    The role of multiple cultural contexts in the community

    Working with families and their children

    The roles and obligations of communities in the support of children and families

    Professional Organizations and Position Statements

    The intersecting nature of the contexts of child development

    How these contexts influence the art, science, and practice of teaching and learning

    D. Textbooks

    Required Readings by topic:

    Ethics:

    Florida Educators code of Ethics

    NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

    Conceptualizing Childhood:

    James, A. & Prout, A. (Eds.). (1997). Constructing and reconstructing childhood: Contemporary issues in the sociological study of childhood. London: Falmer Press.

    Jenks, C. (1996). Childhood. London: Routledge.

    UNICEF (1990) Convention on the rights of the Child p. 1-15 (available online http://www.unicef.org)

    Family Studies:

    Johnson, C. L. (2000). Perspectives on American kinship in the later 1990s. Journal of marriage and the family,

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information



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