CHD 146 Syllabus

 

Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                      Date: January, 2015

Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education

Course Number & Title: Child Development 146, Math, Science and Social Studies for Children

 

Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk          Lecture: 2 Hours/Wk Lab: 2        Lec/Lab Comb: 3

 

I.           Catalog Description: CHD 146 Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children (3 cr.) Provides experiences in content, methods, and materials for the development of math, science, and social studies skills in children. Emphasis will be on developing strategies for using various resources to facilitate children's construction of knowledge. Addresses strategies for intervention and support for children with special needs and English Language Learners.

 

II.          Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: The knowledge and skills gained in this course enable teachers and child care professionals to encourage and facilitate the acquisition of basic principles and thinking skills needed by young children for success in science, math, and social studies. This course relates to Program Outcome 5 (planning environments and activities).

III.        Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) from ENF 2. Because students may have close contact with young children at the child care center located on the DCC campus, a negative TB screening test is required.

 

IV.               Course Content (list the major topics):

A.    Developmental theories as related to young children learning math, science and social studies concepts.

B.    Theories of learning as related to young children learning math, science, and social studies.

C.    Methods for assessing young children’s math, science and social studies abilities.

D.    Basic concepts related to numbers and mathematical operations.

E.     Basic concepts related to science and to employing a scientific approach to understanding phenomena.

F.     Activities that promote young children’s acquisition of basic concepts related to math, science and social studies.

G.    Other factors that may facilitate or impede young children’s acquisition of math, science skills and social studies skills.

H.    Training in lesson plan development for subject areas related to math, science, and social studies.


V.     Learner Outcomes:

 

The student will:

VI.   Evaluation:

A.           Research theories of cognitive development in young children with respect to math, science and social studies.

B.            Use observation as a method for assessing children’s level of development in terms of their ability to understand math, science, and social studies concepts.

C.            State the basic process skills that young children must acquire for success in math, science and social studies.

D.            Demonstrate developmentally appropriate fundamental skills in teaching math, science and social studies to young children.

E.           Practice approaches to teaching math, science and social studies to young children through naturalistic, informal, and structured activities.

Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing or speaking assignment defined by the instructor.


Possible assignments include but are not limited to the following:

·         Create and integrated thematic unit using math, science and social studies objectives

·         Create and use 5 teaching tools that assist in teaching math, science and social studies skills and concepts

·         Write reviews of journal articles that describe how to teach math, science and social studies to young children.

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VII.     This course supports the following objectives:

 

DCC Educational Objectives:

Communication

Critical thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding