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Murray State University COMMON SYLLABUS Revised Fall 2009 DEPARTMENT: ACS COURSE NUMBER: FCS 311 CREDIT HOURS: 3 I. TITLE: Child Guidance II. COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of guidance techniques applicable to young children, with practicum for operational group experiences for preschool children. PREREQUISITES: FCS 210 and FCS 211 III. PURPOSE: This course is designed to familiarize students with developmentally appropriate guidance strategies for preschool children in inclusive settings. IV. COURSE OBJECTIVES: The behaviors listed below are understood to be reflective of, but not limited to those behaviors advocated by the Kentucky Education Reform Act guidelines. Following each objective, and enclosed in parentheses, are roman numerals which reference the Kentucky Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Teacher Standards. Kentucky Early Childhood Core Competencies are referenced with numerals enclosed in brackets. As a result of participation in this course, the student will: A. Develop greater insight concerning knowledge of young children through observation and recognition of individual differences. (IECE IV, V) {ECCC 14, 16, 17} B. Identify the wide variety of responses children make while participating in learning activities. (IECE III, V, VI) {ECCC 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10} C. Gain knowledge of developmentally appropriate child guidance techniques. (IECE II,III,V,VI, IX) {ECCC 1,2,3,9,11,12,13} D. Formulate a practical application approach between child development theories and their relationship to methods of guiding a child’s participation in their environment. (IECE II, III,V, VI) {ECCC 1,2,9,11,12,13} E. Make specific adaptations for the special needs of children who have disabilities or learning, developmental and behavioral needs. (IECE I, II, III, IV, IX) {ECCC 3,4,9,11,12,13,17} F. Establish a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for preschool children. (IECE II, V,VI) {ECCC 3,4,6,11,12} G. Establish and maintain a positive collaborative relationship with families, colleagues, and other professionals. (IECE IV, VI, VIII, IX) {ECCC 14,15,17} H. Monitor, summarize and evaluate the acquisition of educational objectives as identified on the IEP. (IECE IV, VI, VII, IX) {ECCC 13,14,16,17} The COE Conceptual Framework and the Theme of Educator Reflective Decision-Maker are address in this course by urging students to consider the teacher’s role in the preschool curriculum. Students learn to apply developmentally appropriate child guidance techniques as they practice these techniques in the preschool environment through observation and anecdotal reporting along with in-class experiences andassignments. COE emphasis on constructivism is brought out when discussing how children learn through actual involvement in learning and authentic experiences. The EPSB Theme of Diversity is explored in the course through observing and working with a diverse population in the preschool. V. COURSE CONTENT: A. Confidentiality and ethical conduct B. How young children develop social skills and self control C. Developmentally appropriate child guidance: essential elements D. Observation methods to evaluate, monitor, and document acquisition of individual goals and objectives E. Strategies and adaptations for the special needs of children F. Supporting a child’s development through collaboration with families, colleagues, and other professionals G. Theories of child guidance: developing an “eclectic” approach VI. INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A variety of instructional activities will be used in this class including lectures; group discussion; performance events such as tests, quizzes, class activities; laboratory participation; review of research and best practice and reflection. VII. FIELD, CLINICAL, AND/OR LABORATORY EXPERIENCES: Laboratory requirements consist of participation in The Ruby Simpson Child Development Center for two consecutive hours per week, Monday through Thursday. The preschool center is closed on Fridays for staff meetings, planning and professional development activities. The early childhood laboratory experience carries an extra responsibility for the student to act professionally while carrying out class assignments. Intense interaction with young children requires patience and understanding in order to be successful. The skills of collaboration, communication, cooperation, flexibility, sensitivity and understanding practiced and developed in the lab experiences are important contributing factors to being an effective early childhood professional. State child care regulations require that before lab participation can begin, each student must submit to the instructor a T.B. skin test certificate documenting negative results. VIII. RESOURCES: MSU Waterfield Library, Internet sources, selected journal articles, publications, IECE Teacher Standards, and Blackboard. IX. GRADING PROCEDURES: Grading for this course will be based on the instructor’s evaluation of the required instructional activities and laboratory experiences using the following Grading scale: A = 90-100% of total points B = 80-89% of total points C = 70-79% of total pointsD = 60-69% of total points E = Below 59% of total points Course requirements: Philosophy of guidance for children 10 points 8 lab assignments @ 25 points each 200 points Midterm exam 75 points Child assessment and Learning Prescription 50 points Revised Philosophy of guidance for children 10 points Final exam 100 points Total points = 445 X. ATTENDANCE POLICY: This course adheres to the attendance policy published in the current MSU Undergraduate Bulletin. In keeping with the University Policy, each student is expected to be prompt and regular in class attendance. Students absent from class must give prior notification to the instructor and obtain instructor approval before being allowed to make up assignments or examinations. Weekly attendance in the preschool laboratory is required. If a student must miss a scheduled lab, prior notification must be given to the instructor and director and arrangements made to make up hours missed. The instructor reserves the right to adjust the grade or refuse to accept late assignments. XI. ACADEMIC HONESTY: This course adheres to the academic honesty policy stated in the current MSU Undergraduate Bulletin. Note: Faculty reserves the right to invalidate any


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