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HDEC 103 - Guiding and Caring

This course prepares students to guide children’s behavior through the implementation of developmentally appropriate and positive approaches in a way that respects children's self esteem and social skills. Emphasis is placed on exploring how relevant factors may impact behaviors (e.g. culture, environment). Prevention and intervention strategies are explored as well as the professional’s role in guidance.

Credits: 3

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45

This course is offered online: No


HDEC 100 Essential Skills for Human Services
HDEC 101 Human Development 1 
EDAS 141A Education Assistant Foundations (EDAS students only), or
by permission of Instructor 

Course Content:
- Foundations for Guidance - philosophy, theory, goals, relevant legislation, ethics, Ministry resources
- Development and Behavior-inclusion, family contexts
- The Role of Environment- physical, people/systems, programming
- Positive Guidance Strategies-Prevention, Intervention
- Effective and Respectful Communication
- The Rights of the Child
- Managing Challenging Behaviors-exploring approaches

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:
- Identify primary goals for guiding children's behavior.
- Identify legislation, ethical practice and Ministry resources relevant to guiding children’s behavior.
- Explain how development influences behavior.
- Identify and explain how primary factors, other than development, influence children's behavior (culture, environment, diversity) .
- Organize the environment to support pro-social behavior.
- Demonstrate positive and respectful communication and attitudes in guiding children's behavior.
- Maintain a professional and caring approach in interactions and communication with children, parents and professionals (as applicable) regarding children’s behavior.
- Identify and demonstrate positive prevention oriented strategies in guiding children's behavior.
- Identify and demonstrate positive intervention strategies in response to inappropriate behavior.
- Identify and demonstrate encouraging strategies other than praise, for supporting appropriate behavior.
- Define punitive guidance and identify positive alternatives.
- Articulate a positive approach, including philosophy and practice, for guiding children's behavior.
- Reflect on and improve guidance practice.

Grading System: Letters

Passing Grade: C (60%)

Nature of Participation: Students are required to participate in weekly teleconferenced discussions based on their reading, observation and practice.

Percentage of Individual Work: 100

Other Pertinent Information:
Ministry of Children and Family Development ECE Registry Competencies:
A1 (development and practice), A2, A3, A4
B-1, B-2, B-4, B-5
C-1 (socio-economic culture), C-2 (BC Child Care Licensing Regulation), C-3
1-d-3 (b)
3-a-1, 3-a-2, 3-a-3
3-c-2, 3-c-3, 3-c-4, 3-c-5
6-a-1 (guidance practice)

Course Offered in Other Programs: Yes

Other Programs: Education Assistant Certificate, Education Assistant Diploma

Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.

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