Students will examine current Early Learning Frameworks and the implications for educators engaging in reflective processes that question accepted truths about teaching and learning.
Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)
Total Weeks: 15
Admission into the Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children)
Common discourses of childhood: the limits, complexities, and opportunities for other ‘truths’.
- Politics of practice
- Everyday discourses and beyond
- Lenses that shape practice and expectations
- Knowledge and ethics
Learning Frameworks as spaces for critical engagement
- Frameworks: Do they challenge practice or reconfirm prejudices?
- Canadian and International Learning Frameworks
- Tensions in reflective practice
- Impact of historical, social, and political contexts upon practice
Curriculum as it relates to the Images of Children, Families, and Educators
- Power relations and their impact.
- Learning Communities
- Theories of children’s participation in curriculum making
- Beginnings rather than endings
- Methods to cultivate children’s intentions
- Interpret children's explorations
- Curriculum as a provocation to explore difficult questions
- Pedagogy of social justice and application to practice
- Questions not answers
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes regarding the significance of Discourses, Early Learning Frameworks, and Critical Reflection as a way of building and shaping early learning opportunities
- Define reflective practice
- Recognize the effects of historical, social, and political contexts on practice
- Illustrate the importance of respect for differences in making meaning and in learning
- Describe how beliefs and values are shaped by personal and cultural life experiences.
- Outline how Early Learning Frameworks can challenge practice or reconfirm prejudices
- Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical and pedagogical aspects of documentation (observation, recording, individual interpretation, collective interpretation)
- Identify how knowledge is related to ethics
- Review the components of curriculum
- Discuss characteristics of learning communities
- Explain power relations and how they impact educator, child, and family roles
- The student will approach the course with a willingness to challenge existing assumptions of educator roles and learner process.
- Critique reflective practice
- Generate interpretations of theoretical readings
- Analyze the effects of historical, social, and political contexts on examples of practice
- Identify a variety of possible images of the child, family, and educator, and how these images shape practice and curriculum approaches
- Assess, individually and collectively, current practice
- Reconstruct interpretations of children's meaning making and educators' roles
- Compare and contrast curriculum choices
- Examine beliefs and identify the lenses that shape practice and expectations
- Link documentation with the areas of early learning described in the Frameworks
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the examples of Learning Communities
- Basic computer skills, d2l use, regular access to computer and internet.
Grading System: Letters
Passing Grade: C (60%)
Percentage of Individual Work: 100
Additional Course Comments:
This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C.
Function No. 2:
- Plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs that meet the observed needs of children
2-a-2; 2 a-3; 2-a-4; 2-a-7; 2-a-10; 2-b-4; 2-c-1; 2-c-2; 2-c-3; 2-c-4; 2-c-6; 2-c-7; 2-e-1; 2-e-2; 2-e-3; 2-e-4; 2-e-5
Function No. 4:
- Support families
4-a-1; 4-a-3; 4-a-7; 4-a-9l; 4-c-4
Function No. 5:
- Share information appropriately, cooperate and coordinate efforts with other community services
Function No. 6:
- Develop yourself and contribute to the development of others to meet current and future needs
6-a-1; 6-a-3; 6-b; 6-b-1; 6-c-2
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.