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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EEC6269
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-03-14
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2007-02-23
  2. Department: Childhood Education
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: 1721
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Suzanne Quinn
  6. Phone: 41028
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EEC
  9. Number: 6269
  10. Full Title: EC: Play and Learning
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): EC: Play and Learning
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: This course includes an analysis of play theories, the role of play in the total development of young children, and the role of play as a curricular tool and implications for program planning and evaluation. Open non-majors/RTHC.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Teachers of young children require the skills to advocate for the unique needs of children and families in the broader social and political context. The theories and practices surrounding play and learning cover a critical starnd of the program and all gr
  26. 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 part of the required sequence for the EC masters program. In an era of increasing policy attention to EC (e.g., State of Florida voluntary PreK initiatives, and teaching shortages in the primary grades) the focus of this course on the role of play as a cogntitive endeavor and contemporary developments in learnign theories are critical to this program. It may also serve graduate students in child-family studies, child psychology, and other related educational fields.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes as a 6931 course offering approximately three times.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor must have an earned doctorate in Early Childhood Education or a related field.
  29. Objectives: 1)An understanding of historical and contemporary theories of play. (CF 6, NAEYC 4b,)

    2)An understanding of developmental benchmarks associated with play.(CF 6, NAEYC 1a,)

    3)An understanding of relationships between play and child growth, development and learning. (CF 6, NAEYC 4c)

    4)The ability to support cultural, language, and

    gender differences through play. (CF 5, NAEYC 4a)

    5)The ability to enhance curriculum through play experiences. (CF 6, NAEYC 4b,)

    6)The ability to plan both indoor and outdoor learning environments that accommodate young children’s play needs. (CF 6, NAEYC 4b)

    7)An understanding of the role of adults in facilitating and assessing play interactions. (CF6, NAEYC 3c, 4b,)

    8)The ability to analyze and synthesize the literature and research related to play. (CF 4, NAEYC 5c)

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Analyze the importance of play and its applications for early childhood programs and classrooms-article critiques, student presentations, papers,

    2.Design and implement a research project which plans, provides and assesses appropriate play experiences – action research project

    3. Creates and maintains a positive learning environment –play environment design

  31. Major Topics: A. Overview of play and learning

    B.Developmental sequences in play

    C.Play as a tool for growth and development

    D.Play as a curricular tool: Facilitating play and learning across the curriculum

    E.Physical environment and play

    F. Play and play materials/equipment

    G. Role of adults in facilitating play

  32. Textbooks: Johnson, J. E., Christie, J. F., & Yawkey, T. D. (1999). Play and early childhood development. 2nd edition. Longman.

    Fromberg, D. P. (2002). Play and meaning in early childhood education. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

    Frost, J. L., Wortham, S., & Reifel, S. (2001). Play and child development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

    Garrick, R. (2004). Playing outdoors in the early years. London, NY: Continuum.

    Lytle, D.E. (2003). Play and educational theory and practice. Westport, Conn: Praeger.

    Van Horn, J. (2003). Play at the center of the curriculum. (3rd ed.). Colum

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